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SoftBank plans record $4.5bn bond float for retail investors

Funds raised to refinance debt coming due amid buying spree

SoftBank Group's bond float this month will target retail investors seeking higher returns amid low interest rates. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group will issue 500 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in bonds later this month in what is shaping up as the biggest float targeting retail investors in Japanese corporate history.

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