While the Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged yesterday they did make a few changes …. changes that should be beneficial for small and medium size businesses in Japan:

Says the FT (via FastFT, which is gated) – bolding is mine:

  • Around 99.99 per cent of all registered companies are small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) earning just over half GDP, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Meti)
  • Equates to 70 per cent of the workforce, or almost 30m people
  • Daiju Aoki, economist at UBS, said that the aim of expanding the schemes was to encourage lending to SMEs … any acceleration in lending growth to SMEs is likely to be beneficial for economic expansion
  • Barclays go even further, saying the loan support program could even become the centrepiece of BoJ accommodation

For FX, to the extent this program expansion diminishes the need for further easing it’s a positive input for the yen