The Japanese government’s outstanding debt stood at a record-high 557.19 trillion yen at the end of June, up from 538.39 trillion yen at the end of March, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

The outstanding balance of government bonds rose to 396.35 trillion yen, up from 380.66 trillion yen at the end of fiscal 2000, the ministry said. Government borrowing decreased to 107.96 trillion yen from 110.09 trillion yen.

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