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Lure of foreign bonds fades for Japanese investors

Net buying tumbles 94% as jump in US Treasury yield spurs caution

TOKYO -- Japanese investors became less enthusiastic about buying foreign bonds last year on growing concern about rising U.S. Treasury yields.

Japanese investors' net purchases of mid- to long-term foreign bonds nosedived 94.6% on the year to 1.1 trillion yen ($9.9 billion) in 2017, the Finance Ministry said Friday, marking the first annual decline in four years.

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