The JPY declined yesterday against most major currencies as speculation regarding a global recovery encouraged investors to buy higher yielding assets outside of Japan, selling the Japanese currency. The Yen was at 137.21 per EUR Wednesday and at 98.21 per USD, following a 0.8% drop. As the anxiety about financial turmoil retreats, people are willing to buy riskier currencies which offer higher yields while funding that with safer currencies such as the Yen and the Dollar.
The Japanese Yen is likely to continue to weaken as improving risk appetite brought on by advances in the Asian stock market is likely to encourage investors to turn to overseas assets offering higher returns, promoting Japanese capital outflows. As a result, the JPY's target rates today should be lower against its currency counterparts.