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Japan's Aozora Bank buys into Vietnamese lender

First foreign deal offers foothold in fast-growing market

Aozora Bank faces a dim growth outlook in its home market of Japan. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's Aozora Bank will take a 15% stake in a Vietnamese bank as early as April, marking its first overseas deal since changing to its current incarnation in 2001.

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