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Japanese megabanks trying investors' patience on payouts

TOKYO -- Having performed shabbily in the stock market for months now, Japan's three biggest banks are facing ever-louder calls for spicier shareholder returns.

     Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group did manage some impressive gains early in the Abenomics rally. They rose on hopes that a resurgent economy would breathe new life into their lending business, but the Bank of Japan's easy-money policy has undercut loan rates.

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