Japan govt debt rises to record high in September
News On Japan via China Daily -- Nov 10
Japan's government debt registered a record-high 983.30 trillion yen (about $12.4 trillion) at the end of September mainly due to spending on reconstruction following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Finance Ministry data showed Friday.
The debt includes 803.74 trillion yen in government bonds, 125.37 trillion yen in bills to cover short-term funding needs, and 54.19 trillion yen in borrowing from financial institutions, according to reports.
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