Yen falls to lowest level since 1998 as U.S. yields march higher

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By Alun John HONG KONG (Reuters) – The yen tumbled to its lowest against the dollar in 24 years on Monday, as the gap between Japanese and U.S. benchmark yields widened after red hot U.S. inflation data drove U.S. Treasury yields higher. The dollar rose as high as 135.22 yen, its highest since October 1998, having gained for each of the past seven sessions, as the policy divergence between hawkish central banks overseas and the dovish Bank of Japan (BOJ) becomes ever more apparent. Central banks’ efforts to raise interest rates to curtail inflation will remain in focus this week. The Federal R…

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