Olympus America, the U.S. operation of the well-known Japanese camera-maker, wants to enter the asset-backed market by securitizing lease collateral from its medical and industrial equipment businesses, and is looking for help to put these plans into action, asset-backed accounting and consulting people familiar with Olympus's plans said.

Spurred on by a call from an unnamed accounting firm, one source confirmed that Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi is interested in participating in Olympus's future securitization business, and as of last week was looking for background information on the company.

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