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Japan manufacturers to raise funds off their own backs

Hitachi plans to generate more operating capital by increasing profit from its core business and streamlining financial costs.

TOKYO -- Even with negative interest rates, Japan's leading manufacturers are looking to generate growth funds off their own backs in an attempt to secure capital and shore up financial standing. At the same time, they are looking to better cope with the changing global business environment and the stronger yen.

The Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy has prompted an increasing number of companies to try to raise capital through corporate bonds and borrowing. The issuance of corporate bonds in the country came to 3.89 trillion yen ($38.3 billion) in the first half of 2016, up 7% from a year earlier.

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