Jitters hit Japan's bond market after monetary policy shift


The Bank of Japan's announcement that it plans to end its quantitative easing policy sent ripples through the Japanese bond market in March. Deputy governor Toshiro Muto had signalled in a March 8-9 meeting that the central bank is to reverse its long-term monetary easing policy, leading to fears of early interest rate rises. Following five years of 0% overnight lending rates, the news caused Japanese government bond yields to jump as market participants reacted nervously.

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