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BOJ is top-10 shareholder in 40% of Japan's listed companies

Central bank expands buying spree in quest of inflation goal

The central bank is the de facto leading shareholder in Sapporo Holdings, Aeon, Tokyo Dome, and Nippon Sheet Glass.

TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan has become a major shareholder in nearly 40% of listed companies as the central bank keeps buying stocks under its ultraloose monetary policy.

The BOJ has amassed an estimated 25 trillion yen ($227 billion) of equities as a result of purchasing exchange-traded funds. The tally is equal to nearly 4% of the roughly 652 trillion yen aggregate market value of stocks traded on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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