Aozora Bank to Boost Loans in Europe in Bid for Higher Returns

  • Lender's London unit to start operations as soon as March
  • Attracted by `stable' funding costs in euros versus dollar

Aozora Bank Ltd., the Japanese lender that repaid a taxpayer bailout last year, plans to increase loans in Europe to borrowers including lower-rated companies as economies in the region recover and dollar funding costs rise.

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