Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns long-term issuer ratings of A+ to Japan. KBRA also assigns K1+ short-term issuer ratings to the sovereign. The Outlook on the long-term ratings is Stable.
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KBRA assigns A+ long-term ratings to Japan and the ratings have a Stable Outlook. The ratings reflect Japan’s large, diversified, institutionally advanced, wealthy and globally important economy. Japan’s ratings also incorporate its very high degree of fiscal flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 shock. The Yen’s reserve currency status, strong access to liquidity, and ultra-low borrowing costs are also rating considerations. In addition, Japan’s ratings reflect the country’s outsized government debt ratios and adverse demographics. Policy measures in place since 2012 have helped counteract deflationary pressures and are steps towards improving Japan’s growth and employment profile.
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