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Japanese banks maintain global lead in overseas investments

Lenders keep spigot flowing but take on risk in seeking yield abroad

Japan's megabanks and other lenders are doing business heavily in other countries as near-zero interest rates eat into domestic profits.

TOKYO -- With profits squeezed at home, Japanese banks continued piling on overseas investments and loans in the first quarter of 2017, remaining the top international lenders while taking on associated risks.

Such operations grew by about $60 billion over the previous quarter to $3.83 trillion on an ultimate risk basis, according to the Bank for International Settlements. That put Japan about 20% ahead of the U.K., which has foreign claims totaling $3.17 trillion, and the U.S., with $3.06 trillion.

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