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Japan's corporate pensions shifting from stocks to bonds

TOKYO -- Japan Inc.'s pension plans are cutting back their exposure to equities amid low returns and shifting to bonds out of a lack of better options.

Some 80% of major corporate pension plans reduced portfolio weightings in stocks over the one year through the end of March 2016. The data covered 235 of the Nikkei stock index's 300 components with March book-closings that have defined-benefit pension plans and release details on their portfolios.

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