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Big Japanese banks bulging at the seams with pent-up cash

Lack of lending, investment outlets causing balance sheet bloat

TOKYO -- Total assets at five major Japanese banking groups have risen to a new height amid anemic domestic loan demand and a dearth of attractive investment options.

Assets at the country's three megabanks -- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group -- and the smaller Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings and Resona Holdings reached nearly 820 trillion yen ($7.43 trillion) in the April-June quarter.

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