Western Union quotes as follows:The yen was steady Friday but well below Thursday’s one-month high against its U.S. counterpart. Fresh evidence of the fragile shape of the world’s No. 3 economy kept the door unlocked to easier central bank policy, factors that weigh on the yen. Data from Japan showed weaker than expected results on inflation and retail sales. Still, downside risk for the yen should be held in check by geopolitical instability in the Middle East.

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