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Japan Stocks Soar Despite Rate Hike: Yen Weakness, Economic Optimism Fuel Record Rally

A weakening yen, fading deflation, and renewed foreign investment are fueling the rally, as the government pushes reforms to transform Tokyo into a leading financial hub. But can Japan sustain this momentum and overcome challenges like an aging population?

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The record-breaking rally in Japanese equities has persisted despite the first interest rate hike since 2007.

Japanese exporters such as Canon and Toyota Motors are reaping the rewards of the weakening yen, while investors are showing growing confidence in Japan's economic progress as signs of deflation diminish.

Typically, when central banks increase interest rates, most stocks decline as higher borrowing costs result.

However, it is a rather extraordinary time in Asia's second-largest economy.

Inflation has made a comeback, prompting the Bank of Japan to abandon its extensive monetary stimulus measures, including the unique negative interest rate policy.

Foreign investment has flooded into Japanese firms due to government pressure to boost shareholder returns. In contrast, Japanese citizens eagerly anticipated even greater profits as the Nikkei 225 Stock Average surged to unprecedented levels above 40,000.

The Japanese government's initiatives to elevate Tokyo to a leading financial hub have increased the country's attractiveness to international asset managers.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his government wholeheartedly backed the initiative to improve Japan's reputation.

Japan is not alone in Asia with an ageing population; the government is attempting to address this issue by expanding the number of foreign workers, women, and older workers in the economy.

The Global Financial Centres Index ranks were recently released, revealing that Hong Kong and Singapore secured the third and fourth spots respectively.

Tokyo also experienced a slight increase in its rating, reaching 19th place. Seoul, Shenzhen, and Beijing are likewise considered top-ranking cities in Asia. In addition to its overall index ranking, Tokyo has exceptional proficiency in several sectors, such as banking, investment management, and trading.

The government is making substantial strides in eradicating linguistic obstacles, as seen by the Japan Exchange Group's initiative to mandate that leading listed businesses report their financial outcomes in English and Japanese in April of next year.