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Ultralow bond yields drive Japan's insurers back to real estate

Industry's property holdings set to grow for first time in four years

Tokyo's Toranomon area. Dai-ichi Life Insurance has invested in one of the neighborhoods big redevelopment projects. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japanese life insurance companies' real estate portfolios are set to grow for the first time in four years despite concerns of an overheating property market, spurred by a need for higher yields.

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