West Japan Railway Co. and Kyushu Railway Co. announced Thursday that they will sell their stakes in Japan Telecom Co. to the Vodafone Group of Britain, which is attempting to take over Japan’s No. 3 telecommunications firm.

A spokesman for Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said his company is also considering Vodafone’s bid.

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