Japan net external assets hit record in 2022 on yen's sharp decline
Tokyo, May 26 (IANS) Japan's external assets increased to a record high in 2022, with the balance inflated by the yen's steep depreciation, the Finance Ministry said in a report on Friday.
According to the Ministry, the country's net balance of external assets stood at a record 418.63 trillion yen ($2 trillion) in 2022, rising 0.2 per cent from a year earlier, reports Xinhua news agency.
The government's external assets, along with those held by firms and individuals, also marked a record high, rising 6.6 per cent to 1,338.24 trillion yen and marking the 14th straight annual increase, the data showed.
Divergent policies between the Bank of Japan and other major central banks such as the US Federal Reserve, with the former maintaining an ultra-loose policy, compared to others' monetary tightening, has contributed to the yen's weakness, which tumbled nearly 15 per cent last year against the USD.
The annual increase in the net balance was capped by the prices of foreign government bonds dropping commensurate with their yields rising, the Ministry also said.
According to the Ministry, Japan's liabilities overseas climbed 9.6 per cent from a year earlier to a record 919.61 trillion yen, owing to the country seeing direct investment by non-Japanese residents increase, with the rise marking the fourth successive year of expansion.
In yen terms, Japan remained the world's biggest creditor for the 32nd consecutive year, data showed.