Jitters hit Japan's bond market after monetary policy shift

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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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