Japan's banks record sharp drop in bad-loan costs

11/20/2013 | Bloomberg

Japan's banks may find the freedom to begin making riskier loans as they anticipate their lowest bad-loan charges in eight years, lowering bond risk by a third in the past year. Looking ahead, "credit costs and bad-loan ratios are likely to remain at low levels, which is a trend that we've never seen before," said Toyoki Sameshima, a Tokyo-based analyst at BNP Paribas.

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