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Japan's top lenders boost shareholder returns after upbeat earnings

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DOING WELL: Mizuho Financial Group has reported a better-than-forecast annual net profit on stock-related gains & smaller bad-loan costs.

Tokyo

JAPAN'S top banks are stepping up dividend payments after reporting better-than-forecast earnings, responding to calls for bigger shareholder returns.

Japanese companies are under intense investor scrutiny lately to justify how their earnings are utilised, and have been