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Record $2 Trillion to Spare Leaves Japan’s Banks in a Jam: Chart

Savings are rising faster than loans in Japan, even after the central bank sought to spark lending by charging banks to park cash at the monetary authority. Deposits exceeded loans by a record 217.2 trillion yen ($2 trillion) in April -- equivalent to the annual economic output of India -- suggesting Japan’s problem is a lack of demand for credit rather than a reluctance to supply it.

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