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The Wall Street Journal: Japan boldly considers issuing 50-year bonds

TOKYO — Japan is considering issuing 50-year bonds for the first time, the longest maturity of Japanese government debt in the postwar era, to take advantage of the ultralow rates resulting from the Bank of Japan’s monetary easing, people familiar with the matter said.

The move could add to observations that Tokyo’s growth-revival plan is becoming similar to “helicopter money,” especially if the BOJ buys the debt later as part of its campaign to end deflation.

If the government decides to go ahead with the 50-year bond plan, an outline of it could be announced as part of an economic-stimulus package that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to disclose in coming days, they said.

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