The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond ended flat in negative territory Friday, as buying following the solid U.S. bond market was offset by selling triggered by the Bank of Japan's notice of its plan to decrease long-term bond purchases.
The yield on the No. 355, 0.1 percent issue, the main yardstick of long-term interest rates, ended interdealer trading at minus 0.240 percent, unchanged from Thursday's close. The yield temporarily hit a three-year low of minus 0.255 percent.
The price of the September futures contract for 10-year bonds declined 0.06 point to 154.85 on the Osaka Exchange.
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