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Japan's corporate bond maturities grow longer and longer

Average exceeds 10 years for first time since 1991 as investors chase yields

JR East's investment plans extend long into the future, prompting the company to issue long-term bonds. (Photo courtesy of JR East)

TOKYO -- The average maturity of straight bonds issued by Japanese companies so far this year has exceeded 10 years for the first time in nearly three decades, as companies tap investors' hunger for yields in an era of ultralow interest rates.

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