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Forex

Mrs. Watanabe makes presence felt with bullish yen bets

TOKYO -- Foreign exchange trading by individuals in Japan topped 5 quadrillion yen ($46.8 trillion) for the first time in fiscal 2015, setting a fourth straight record, as sharp swings in the Japanese currency drew profit-seeking retail investors.

The volume of these traders' transactions grew 18% to 5.52 quadrillion yen, data from the Financial Futures Association of Japan shows. Dollar-yen transactions made up about 60% of the total, with growth also seen in Aussie dollar and euro trading volume.

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