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Japan Post Bank embraces active investing

Savings institution to shift billions of dollars into stock picks

Tokyo-listed Japan Post Bank is under pressure to deliver earnings growth but still faces curbs on lending.

TOKYO -- Long a committed index investor, Japan Post Bank will join the ranks of stock pickers, shifting several hundred billion yen of its 2 trillion yen ($17.8 billion) domestic-equities portfolio into positions in individual names.

This latest move to diversify the savings institution's investments seeks to maximize returns amid bond yields driven to rock bottom by the Bank of Japan's negative-rate policy.

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