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Key calls for 2022

We expect GDP to return to its pre-virus path in the second half of the year as services spending finally returns to near-normal. However, the risks to that forecast remain tilted to the downside as consumers may remain cautious for longer. Meanwhile, we expect the BoJ to keep a lid on 10-year JGB yields even as yields rise further elsewhere. The upshot is that the yen will continue to weaken.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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