TOKYO - Japan's Ministry of Finance will allow banks to delay writing off their stock market losses until the end of the current fiscal year, Finance Minister Tsutomu Hata said at a press conference Tuesday.

In their half-year financial results, banks must disclose market losses incurred in the April-September period, Mr. Hata said, but they can postpone any necessary writeoffs until March, when they close their books for the 1993 fiscal year.

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