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Favorable Dollar/Yen

Those traveling from the US to Japan in the near future may want to keep an eye on the dollar/yen exchange rate. Since late April, it has been at the most favorable rates to Americans in 20 years (Apr 28, 130 JPY=1 USD; May 25, 127).

The rates reflect rare differences in the monetary policies of the two countries. A thoughtful 28-minute podcast is at: 


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