Japanese banks are managing to lend less than 70 percent of their deposits, leaving them with 205.8 trillion yen ($1.8 trillion) in surplus liquidity at a time when the central bank is charging them on some of their cash parked at the institution. Deposits grew faster than loans in February from a year earlier, Bank of Japan figures showed Tuesday. That’s the opposite effect sought by the BOJ when it began its negative interest-rate program on Feb. 16.
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