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Japan's forex reserves rise for first time in 3 months in April

05-12-2010 15:43 BJT

TOKYO, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Japan's foreign exchange reserves rose 4.16 billion U.S. dollars at the end of April from a month earlier to 1,046.87 billion U.S. dollars, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday.

The MOF said the foreign exchange reserves' first rise in three months was primarily due to increases in the value of U.S. securities holdings.

The ministry added that prices of U.S. Treasury securities held by the Japanese government were sent higher by lower interest rates in the U.S. and rising gold prices also added to the expansion of the government's reserves.

Japan's foreign exchange reserves consist of securities and deposits denominated in foreign currencies, International Monetary Fund reserves, IMF special drawing rights (SDRs) and gold and are the second largest in the world after China's.

Japan's foreign exchange reserves are closely watched for evidence of how the country is managing its vast foreign currency holdings and the biggest changes usually occur when the Bank of Japan intervenes in the currency market on behalf of the MOF to prevent a steep appreciation or depreciation of the yen.

Japan has not intervened since mid-March 2004, when it ended its massive 15-month-long yen-selling operation.

The greater Japan's foreign reserves, the better position it is in to defend itself from speculative attacks on the yen.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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