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Bond bulls hoping Japan’s deep-pocketed investors can arrest the global debt rout are in for a surprise — they are furious sellers, to a degree that’s causing problems for crucial parts of the market’s plumbing.

Japanese funds sold a record $34 billion of foreign bonds in the two weeks ended Feb. 26 as the nation’s fiscal year-end in March approaches — enough to cause reverberations in U.S. repurchase markets for 10-year Treasuries.

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