Japan's funny money

The Bank of Japan's recent high-profile presence in the foreign exchange market has attracted enough popular interest to become the latest topic in Golgo 13, a series in the Big Comic magazine targeted at Japanese salarymen.

The first episode, headed Price-Keeping Operation, opens with the panicked faces of currency traders receiving orders from the central bank to keep the yen from rising.

But it turns out that Matsuoka, the fictional deputy governor and power behind the throne, is opposed to

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