Japanese exporters struggle with strong yen

The yen blues


Efforts by Japan’s resilient corporates to turn around their income statements through product development and alternative management strategies have amounted to little during the past year. Their failure is largely due to one factor: the rampant strength of the yen. Most Japanese companies warned that – as a worst-case scenario – a ¥90 to the dollar exchange rate would impact their earnings hard. But, with a US dollar/yen rate of 83 on December 7, the actual exchange rate has surpassed even the

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