JPY Hit As Japan Declares State of Emergency

The yen (JPY) weakness was being observed at the open on Sunday across the board, which has been carried through into Monday trading.

There were reports doing the rounds from Japanese local media outlets, that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may declare a state of emergency as early as Tuesday to curb an alarming spike in coronavirus infections. The number of infections topped 1,000 in the capital, Tokyo.

Pressure has been mounting on the government in Japan to declare a state of emergency, given the pace of infections - while slow versus harder-hit countries around the world - has continued to accelerate.

A state of emergency declaration would give governors authority to call on people to stay at home and businesses to close, but not to order the kind of lockdowns seen in other countries.

The declaration could meanwhile go into effect as Japan's biggest-ever stimulus package is rolled out.

It is expected to be worth some 60 trillion yen ($550 billion), which should be announced this week and is aimed at softening the blow of the Covid-19 crisis on an economy already struggling to avoid a recession.



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