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Japanese now hold 1,000tn yen worth of foreign assets

Bank of Japan's hyper-easy monetary policy is chasing cash overseas

Euro, Hong Kong dollar, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, British pound and Chinese 100-yuan banknotes pose for a group photo on Jan. 21, 2016.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Foreign assets held by Japanese institutional and individual investors appear to have topped 1,000 trillion yen ($8.79 trillion) for the first time, according to Nikkei estimates. The amount has increased roughly 50% during the past five years and now is more than twice as much as the country's gross domestic product.

There is, however, a downside to pouring so much money overseas -- it makes Japan increasingly prone to the shifting global economic climate and other foreign risks.

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