Army of Japanese, eager to make extra money, rocking global currency markets

The Japan Times 

Watanabe" -- the canny Tokyo housewife who dabbles in currency trading in between school runs and shopping -- barely begin to tell the story of Japan's retail traders in the foreign exchange market. With almost 800,000 active forex accounts, Japan boasts the world's most powerful force of retail traders. It has doubled in size in little more than a decade and spurred some of the most dramatic price moves of recent times, including the January "flash crash" that hammered the dollar and sent the yen soaring. Watanabe," most of the traders are middle-age men, who've been driven into the market by years of ultra-low interest rates. They toil in offices by day and trudge home to moonlight in foreign exchange, hoping to build a family nest egg in a country where banks pay savers next to nothing.

  Country: Asia > Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Metropolis Prefecture (0.37)
  Technology: Information Technology (0.48)

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