The Yen completed yesterday's trading with mixed results versus the major currencies, on bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Banks' (ECB) efforts to stabilize the global economy will spur demand for higher-yielding assets. The JPY closed at 96.08 per USD from 96.20 yesterday.
Japan's consumer prices fell at a record pace in May, adding to signs that a return to deflation may hamper a rebound from the nation's worst recession. Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said last week that price declines will accelerate through the middle of the fiscal year, as demand slackens and Crude Oil continues to trade lower than last year's record. Retailers are cutting prices to attract customers as falling wages and the worsening job outlook dampens spending.