On May 22, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) extended and expanded its “Special Program to Support Financing in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” to 75 trillion yen (about $700 billion). This includes three programs: (1) $186 billion in Outright Purchases of Commercial Paper and Corporate Bonds, (2) $233 billion for the Special Funds-Supplying Operations, and (3) $279 billion for the recently launched New Fund-Provisioning Measure to support small and medium-sized enterprises. The duration of the measures was extended by six months from September 30, 2020 to March 31, 2021. On March 16, the BoJ had announced emergency measures to facilitate corporate financing that included the first two measures (For details on the third measure, see this YPFS blog post).
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