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Corporate Japan gears up for fifth year of record dividends

Payout ratio to sink as profits climb more sharply

Kao, one of Japan's largest diaper makers, will raise dividends for a 28th consecutive year.

TOKYO -- Dividends from publicly traded Japanese companies are expected to hit a record for the fifth year in a row in fiscal 2017, with retail investors who directly own corporate shares pocketing roughly 2.5 trillion yen ($22.4 billion). 

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