Gold as a part of foreign exchange reserves reached 29.6 USD bil in 2013 in Japan, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 27.6 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, gold as a part of foreign exchange reserves in Japan reached an all time high of 40.9 USD bil in 2012 and an all time low of 0.251 USD bil in 1960. When compared to Japan's main peers, gold as a part of foreign exchange reserves in China amounted to 40.8 USD bil, 40.1 USD bil in Russia, 4.04 USD bil in South Korea and 315 USD bil in USA in 2013.
Japan has been ranked 8th within the group of 110 countries we follow in terms of gold as a part of foreign exchange reserves.
A gold reserve is the gold held by a central bank or nation intended as a store of value and as a guarantee to redeem promises to pay depositors, note holders, or trading peers, or to secure a currency.