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In era of growth, Japan's financial enforcers stand down

With crisis over, banks need encouragement more than discipline

Japan's Financial Services Agency will disband its Inspection Bureau next year.

TOKYO -- Japan's Financial Services Agency will soon bid farewell to its hard-nosed inspection arm formed in the late 1990s to whip banks into shape, adopting a looser approach to oversight that officials hope will kick-start lending and corporate growth now that the time of crisis has passed.

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