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Market Scramble: Buybacks, dividends lack power to lift stocks

TOKYO -- Share repurchase plans and high dividends are failing to excite retail investors in Japan, who remain worried about corporate profits.

     Following the Bank of Japan's decision in January to adopt subzero interest rates, cash-rich companies face growing pressure to repurchase their stock to reward shareholders. More companies are expected to approve buybacks ahead of the shareholder meeting season's peak in June, said Yasuhide Yajima at the NLI Research Institute.

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