• Kyodo News


A record ¥72.3 billion in school loans was not repaid in fiscal 2008 due to the economic downturn, up 10 percent from the year before, the government-affiliated Japan Student Services Organization said Sunday.

Telephone calls requesting a moratorium on repayments saw a sharp increase to about 120,000 cases per month on average, prompting the organization to create a new call center.

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