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Bank of Japan not losing control of money market

Media reports that suggest that the Bank of Japan is losing control of short-term interest rates due to its “Special Deposit Facility” encouraging banks to park reserves at the BoJ are wide of the mark. The scheme does not threaten the viability of the BoJ’s negative interest rate policy.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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