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Finance Minister Hiroshi Mitsuzuka said Sept. 30 that his ministry is not at present planning to help the troubled Hokkaido Takushoku Bank increase its capital.

Speaking at a regular news conference, Mitsuzuka said the commercial bank is making serious efforts on its own to outline a restructuring plan and raise new capital. “Basically, a bank needs to work things out on its own,” he said, adding that the ministry will continue to monitor developments.

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