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Japan SMEs find prime hunting grounds in Southeast Asia

Nearly half of the JBIC's loans go to smaller businesses

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A man walks in a Bangkok business district. Many of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation's corporate borrowers are investing in Thailand.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- It is not only Japan's giant corporations that are looking to expand overseas. For the past three fiscal years, more than 40% of loan commitments provided by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation were directed to mid-tier, small and midsize enterprises to help them get started in other countries.

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