Japanese Yen

Asian stocks steady after wild week

Investors have found safety in the Japanese yen. Photo: Reuters

Asian equities ended a volatile week on a calm note, recovering some of the poise lost when Japanese stocks sank into bear market territory. The best gauge of what is happening to stocks remains the currency markets, where the rapid unwinding of underwater short yen positions saw investors sell stocks to close those positions.

Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 4:01am

Yata vows cheaper food after openings

Daniel Chong, right, chief executive of Yata, said prices of fresh foods at its supermarkets could go down a further 2 to 3 per cent. Photo: SCMP

Although department store chain Yata said it did not expect the yen to decline much more, Yata's chief executive, Daniel Chong Wai-chung, said prices of fresh and prepackaged food at its supermarkets could go down a further 2 to 3 per cent thanks to economies of scale.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Japan's April exports disappoint even as 'Abenomics' weakens the yen

Japan's exports rose less than expected in April from a year earlier.

Japan's exports rose less than expected in April from a year earlier due to weak demand from Europe and China, highlighting the challenges confronting the world's third-biggest economy as policymakers try to engineer a sustained revival.

23 May 2013 - 4:43am

Hong Kong's Yata set to open three stores as weaker yen boosts sales

Daniel Chong, CEO of YATA department store, poses for a photo at the store in Sha Tin. Photo: Edmond So

Department store chain Yata, the Japan-themed retail unit of Sun Hung Kai Properties, is expanding as sales rise on the back of the weaker yen that is making goods cheaper. Yata's total retail area will increase by one-third to 400,000 square feet after three new stores are opened between June and September. A new store in Tsuen Wan will be the firm's first in two years. It last opened one, a supermarket in San Po Kong, in September 2011. The other two shops will be supermarkets in Tuen Mun and Mong Kok.

21 May 2013 - 4:08am

Why plunging yen is bad news for Japan Inc's health

Kazuo Hirai. Photo: Bloomberg

The smile on Kazuo Hirai's face shows why the yen's drop below 100 to the US dollar is as much a curse for Japan as a blessing. Sony's 43 billion yen (HK$3.26 billion) profit for the fiscal year ended March 31 largely grew out of one thing: the yen's more than 20 per cent plunge against the US dollar since November.

17 May 2013 - 4:06am

Yen slide continues as G7 signals tolerance

The yen has been falling since late last year, after Japan's newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made clear his determination to drive down its value. Photo: Reuters

Japanese stocks rose as the yen weakened past 102 against the US dollar, after the Group of Seven signalled tolerance for the currency's drop.

14 May 2013 - 3:32am

Weak yen to help Toyota beat forecast

The weakening yen, the strength of which had shackled Japanese exporters for half a decade, is now giving Toyota an edge to compete with General Motors and Volkswagen. Photo: AP

There's conservative and then there's Toyota Motor.

The world's largest carmaker forecast on Wednesday profit and revenue that missed analysts' estimates, based on outdated projections for the yen to trade at 90 against the US dollar and 120 versus the euro this fiscal year.

8 May 2015 - 4:41pm

Dollar dips against yen in Asia

The dollar dipped against the yen in Asian trade on Thursday ahead of a two-day meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of 20 nations.

The greenback fell to 98.08 yen, compared with 99.19 in New York late Wednesday.

18 Apr 2013 - 1:12pm

Monetary easing the wrong cure for Japan's deflation

Bank of Japan's aggressive move will spur speculation and risk the yen's collapse. Photo: Reuters

The Bank of Japan shocked the market with its aggressive bond-buying programme aimed at achieving 2 per cent inflation in two years.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am

Yen hits 47-month low vs dollar, focus on 100 threshold

The yen pushed deeper into multi-year lows versus the dollar and euro on Tuesday as the market saw every reason to sell the currency with the Japanese central bank on a warpath to battle deflation.

9 Apr 2013 - 11:41am

Shinzo Abe's monetary stimulus risks inflaming regional tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Xinhua

Reaction to the Japanese central bank's stunning monetary stimulus - doubling the size of money in circulation in two years - ranges from "brave" to "irresponsible". It is a bold attempt to jolt Japan out of two lost decades of stagnation and deflation. But it comes with risks that have aroused grave misgivings.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

Danger signs for the global economy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Xinhua

While people fret about a potential shooting war between three of the world's largest economies in the East China Sea, the real danger may be a currency war in which all three countries will be key players.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am

Japan trade deficit widens on weaker yen

A weaker yen means Japan has to pay more for imports, which rose 7.3 per cent last month. Exports grew 6.4 per cent. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record 1.63 trillion yen (HK$135 billion) on energy imports and a weaker yen, highlighting one cost of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies that are driving down the currency.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

Weakness of yen likely to affect Korea and Taiwan

When Japan's currency falls the effect is felt across Asia. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese yen's persistent fall against the US dollar since November 2012 means that this development has "upgraded" itself from being a mere flash in the pan to something much more.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Yen stronger after G7 warning over exchange rates

 A man passes a screen in Seoul showing the stock price index and dollar-won exchange rate. The South Korean won rose to a one-week high after a Group of Seven statement expressed concern about “excessive” currency movements, referring to the Japanese yen. Photo: Reuters

The yen rose in Asian trade on Wednesday after the Group of Seven (G7) richest nations issued a warning over currency manipulation, as Tokyo faces claims it has orchestrated a slide in the yen.

The dollar bought 92.85 yen in Tokyo, down from 93.47 yen in New York on Tuesday, while the euro fetched 124.85 yen, from 125.75 yen. The single currency slipped to $1.3444 from $1.3454.

13 Feb 2013 - 2:32pm