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Yujiro Goto, Research Analyst at Nomura, suggests that the next BOJ meeting on 30-31 July represents interesting event risk for Japan trading and the market interest in the July meeting has risen, sending JPY, volatility and JGB yields all higher.

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“The BOJ needed to announce the fixed price JGB purchase operation to buy an unlimited amount of 5-10yr JGBs at 0.11%.”

“While media reports so far indicate the BOJ is mulling measures to alleviate the negative side effects on financial institutions, an actual decision at the next meeting is unclear.”

In the short term, JGB yield volatility is likely to recover, as the market needs to judge the BOJ as more serious about alleviating negative side effects.”

“USD/JPY has been more sensitive to JGB market volatility and expectations of BOJ policy normalization and/or tweak would exert downside pressure on USD/JPY. The recently accumulated JPY short positions would likely be unwound for now.”

At the same time, we still assign a lower likelihood to the BOJ officially raising its 10yr yield target higher at the July meeting, as such a move would be difficult to explain as different from policy normalization when inflation slows.”

Thus, to avoid any market misunderstanding, the BOJ will likely consider just adding guidance suggesting 1) a wider range for 10yr yields around the current target of 0.0% without changing the target or 2) preparedness to allow for a rise in 10yr yield when inflation eventually recovers.”

“This guidance, if added in the statement at July meeting or later, would be short-term positive for JPY, as JGB market volatility would likely stay higher than before.”