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Japan Inc.'s midyear dividends break record

TOKYO -- Interim dividend payouts by listed Japanese corporations are hitting a new record, highlighting a strong appetite for rewarding investors despite declines in black ink.

Dividends for the six months ended in September edged up 1% from a year earlier to roughly 3.84 trillion yen ($34 billion) at 2,284 companies that close their books in March. This tabulation by Nikkei Inc. covers just payouts that can be compared with the previous year.

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