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Fewer Japanese companies planning stock buybacks

Declining trend could affect supply-demand balance

TOKYO -- Japanese corporations appear less eager to offer share buybacks, with the value of repurchase quotas set up in January plunging 74% from a year earlier. 

Last year, corporate share buybacks supported Japanese stocks, along with the Bank of Japan's purchases of exchange-traded funds. But the decline this year has raised concerns in the market.

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