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Fukuoka Financial, Eighteenth Bank delay merger again: source

Antitrust regulator balks at outsized regional market share of planned entity

Fukuoka Financial Group and Eighteenth Bank announced their planned merger in February 2016.

TOKYO/FUKUOKA, Japan -- Two of the biggest banks in southern Japan are postponing their merger for the second time this year due to antitrust fears from a regulatory watchdog, a source close to the negotiations said.

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