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The number of corporate bankruptcies fell 11.4 percent in January from a year earlier, but liabilities left behind rose 14.2 percent to 1.22 trillion yen, the largest January figure in the postwar period, Teikoku Databank Ltd. said Monday.

It was the first time in two months for the number of bankruptcies to fall. The final tally came to 1,436, but the private credit-research agency said wild fluctuations means that figure could increase in the months ahead.

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