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The Bank of Japan (BoJ) lowered purchases of longer-dated Japanese government bonds at its regular operations this morning, notes the research team at Danske Bank.

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“The BoJ cut buying in the 10-25Y segment by JPY10bn and also cut buying in the ultra-long end with maturities beyond 25Y by JPY10bn from JPY70bn to JPY60bn. It is the fourth time since May where the BoJ has cut its overall purchases.”

“The reduction in the purchases was widely expected in the market and comes after substantial flattening pressure on the government bond yield curve and rally in USD/JPY, which broke above 112 last week.”