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Top ETF buyer Bank of Japan turns lender as liquidity dries up

At $266bn and counting, BOJ's holdings will help brokers fill orders

The Bank of Japan holds nearly 80% of the country's ETFs. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan will start lending shares in exchange-traded funds to brokerages as early as spring, looking to restore some of the liquidity it has drained from the market via its massive monetary easing program.

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