December 20, 2018 / 10:54 AM / 6 months ago

Japan's top FX diplomat says markets 'over-reacting' to weak economic data

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top currency diplomat said on Thursday financial markets seemed to be over-reacting to some recent weak economic data, signaling his displeasure over heightening financial market volatility.

“Volatility has heightened in currency and stock markets” since the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy meeting on Wednesday, said Masatsugu Asakawa, vice finance minister for international affairs.

“We will continue to closely watch market moves,” he told reporters after a regular meeting with his counterparts from the Bank of Japan and Financial Services Agency to discuss market developments.

Asked what steps Japan could take if volatility heightened further, Asakawa said the topic was discussed at Thursday’s meeting and that the three “agreed to respond as appropriate.”

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by Richard Borsuk

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