Amid a benign market, Japan's Golden Week starts this weekend.
The series of national holidays in Japan this year is particularly long because of Crown Prince Naruhito's imperial succession, occurring during this period, and adding another day off. With the weekends, this year's Golden Week lasts for 10 consecutive days!
Many manufacturers close their factories, businesses shut down and people take vacations during Golden Week. Anticipating a halt next week, Japanese exporters pro-actively bought the Japanese yen earlier this week, increasing their hedge ratios, which show how exposed an investment is to risk.
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