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BUZZ-COMMENT-BOJ seen on hold before US election, December move eyed

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The Bank of Japan Policy Board is unlikely to vote for any change in policy at its two-day meeting beginning Wednesday, though Tokyo markets may be setting up for a possible move in December.

Oct 28 (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan Policy Board is unlikely to vote for any change in policy at its two-day meeting beginning Wednesday, though Tokyo markets may be setting up for a possible move in December.

Prime Minister Suga's administration is expected to finalise a fresh supplementary budget in December. Many Tokyo pundits believe the BOJ will give the new government a helping hand by easing policy further, mostly likely via fresh quantitative easing to keep term interest rates low.

Such a move would help stimulate an economy already in recovery mode and, perhaps more significantly, widen U.S.-Japan interest rate differentials in favour of the U.S. An added byproduct of more government fiscal stimulus and wider U.S.-Japan rate differentials would be to ensure a floor for USD/JPY not far from current levels.

With JPY the haven of choice for many players heading into the Nov 3 U.S. presidential election,,, such policies could help limit the USD/JPY downside well ahead of 100, with the aid of Japanese importer and institutional investor demand of course ,.

The extension of a broad 100-110 USD/JPY range would be seen by the BOJ and government as a major victory in ensuring currency stability. BOJ preview and comments, , .

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(Haruya Ida is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own)

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