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Japanese fund eyes healthy returns in debt-stricken hospitals

Partners to benefit from high-yield bonds while advising on management

In Japan, 54% of hospitals are losing money due to labor and equipment costs.

TOKYO -- Half of Japan's hospitals have fallen into the red amid rising health care costs, offering investors a chance to make money off the piles of debt.

The Development Bank of Japan, a state-owned lender, will launch a rescue fund next month with two private-sector partners. The fund, with an initial value of roughly 4 billion yen ($37 million), will assume the debt held by privately run hospitals and provide management consulting services as well.

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