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Japan's Higo, Kagoshima banks start merger talks

TOKYO -- Higo Bank and Kagoshima Bank, both based on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, said Friday they have begun negotiations for a merger. The regional lenders appear to be looking to set up a holding company in autumn next year.

     The merged entity would have total assets of over 8 trillion yen ($68.9 billion), making it one of the country's 10 largest regional banks.

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