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Japan Preparing To Launch Quantitative Easing; What Are Three Lost Decades Among Hyperdeflationary Friends

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

As if the newsflow from the last few days could get any more surreal, Dow Jones concludes the ticker with this stunner:

Japan Hirano: Expect BOJ Gov, PM To Discuss Quantitative Easing

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Japan’s top government spokesman said he expects Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa to exchange opinions on the economy and to discuss the possibility of the central bank adopting a policy of quantitative easing, local media reported Monday.

The BOJ head and the prime minister will also talk about whether they share similar views on the economy, Nikkei News cited Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano as saying at a press conference earlier in the day.

Questions, questions, questions: Does that mean the Yen will be the carry currency of choice once again? And if so, will the dollar shorts promptly bail as they flee for the traditionally shorted Japanese currency? Will Japan now pay investors to borrow and short its currency? Is Richard Koo, well, Koo-Koo? Just how thin is the thin white line between deflation and dementia-induced hyperdeflation (and here we were thinking only the Chairman was able to come up with such brilliance)? Will Japan issue exclusively dollar denominated debt as this action does nothing to moderate the trade deficit as the world forgets what foreign trade is all about? And will the US return the favor and start raising 30 Year denominated in Yen? Does anybody even give a rat’s ass anymore?


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