Japanese Interest Rate Forecast Considering the Linkage of Global Markets Using Machine Learning Methods

  • Yoshiyuki Suimon University of Tokyo
  • Hiroki Sakaji University of Tokyo
  • Kiyoshi Izumi University of Tokyo
  • Takashi Shimada University of Tokyo
  • Hiroyasu Matsushima University of Tokyo
Keywords: Interest Rate Forecast, Japanese Government Bond, Machine Learning, Neural Network, US Treasury Bond, Yield Curve


In recent years, overseas financial system crises (e.g., Lehman shock and European debt crisis) and the effects of monetary policy changes by US and European central banks exerted major influence on the Japanese interest rates market. In this research, we developed a forecasting model of Japanese interest rate based on a variety of machine learning methods, by considering the information obtained from overseas rates markets and currency markets. Finally, we confirmed that the prediction accuracy of Japanese long-term interest rate improved by using the US interest rates data in addition to the Japanese interest rates data for machine learning. Furthermore, we confirmed that the prediction accuracy increased by using US and Japanese rates markets data in recent years, particularly after 2006. This result suggests that information of overseas interest rates can be used to forecast Japanese rates market nowadays.


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