There was a lively start to trading as the yen gapped lower in immediate response to new of the LDP's victory in the weekend elections in Japan. The greenback traded around JPY84.55, the highest level since April 2011. The euro traded to about JPY111.30, just below the year's high set in March near JPY111.45. The Nikkei gapped higher.
However, as the results were largely as expected. The LDP and its traditional ally, the New Komeito secured a 2/3 majority, which will prevent the upper house, in which the DPJ has a majority, from blocking the new government.
In addition, there is some speculation that the BOJ may stand pat at this week's meeting to enhance its negotiating position with LDP-led government. Before the weekend, the consensus was for the BOJ to expand its asset purchases plan by JPY5-10 trillion in the face of data pointing to the second consecutive quarterly economic contraction.