The yen built further on a round of strong gains since the Bank of Japan meeting, moving to an 18-month high against the dollar.
The dollar pared losses against the yen, but was still on track to notch its biggest daily loss against the Japanese currency in eight months.
The dollar index briefly popped, holding about 0.2 percent higher, before holding slightly lower.
The dollar weakened against major currencies after weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data reinforced views that the Fed would take a dovish stance.
The U.S. dollar slipped against the yen on Monday as traders took profits from the greenback's recent rally against the Japanese currency.
The yen hit a 2 1/2-week low against the dollar on a report said the Bank of Japan was considering helping banks by applying negative rates.
The dollar recovered against the euro after ECB meeting as traders focus on next week's Fed meeting.
Commodity-linked currencies such as the Australian and Canadian dollars inched towards recent peaks on Wednesday.
Sterling may lose one-quarter of its value if the U.K. votes to leave the European Union in its referendum, says the head of a top London hedge fund.
Commodity currencies like the Australian and New Zealand dollars soared to 10-month highs against the U.S. dollar.
Commodity currencies slipped while the safe-haven yen gained ground after major crude exporters failed to agree on an output freeze.
The dollar fell broadly as a slide in oil prices ahead of weekend talks among producers in Doha.
The dollar fell against the yen on Thursday, snapping two days of gains, hurt by data showing benign U.S. inflation.
The U.K. central bank voted to maintain interest rates at their current level of 0.5 percent, due to uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum.
Axel Weber, UBS chairman, discusses the challenges facing European banks, including the debate over "Brexit," and Greece's financial problems. And Tim Adams, Institute of International Finance president and CEO, discusses how additional regulations are impacting big banks.
The dollar climbed to a two-week peak against the euro, as gains in stock markets and improved data out of China drew investors into riskier bets.
The dollar rebounded from a more than seven-month low against a basket of currencies, led by gains versus the safe-haven yen.
Wolfgang Koester, FIREapps, discusses the outlook on currencies after volatility costs hit record highs last quarter.
The dollar pared losses after hitting 17-month lows against the yen on Monday.
The yen struggled across the board after posting gains this week, weighed by warnings overnight by the Japanese finance minister.