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The balance of cash and deposits held by Japanese households at the end of June stood at a record high of JPY1,072 trillion, up 4.0% from a year earlier, preliminary fund circulation data released by the Bank of Japan on Friday showed.

The balance of cash and deposits accounted for 53.8% of the total financial assets, down from 54.3% at the end of March.

The balance of financial assets held by the households also posted a record high of JPY1,992 trillion at the end of June, up 6.3% y/y and for the fifth straight quarterly rise.

Government bonds held by the BOJ stood at JPY540 trillion at the end of June, up 3.7% y/y and accounting for 44.1% of total government debt, the single largest share but down from 44.5% at the end of March. The balance of government bonds held by non-Japanese totaled JPY162 trillion at the end of June, up 7.9% y/y and accounting for 13.2% of total government bonds, up from 13.1% at the end of March.