Concerns about the debt collection methods of certain Japanese small business finance firms the so-called shoko lenders have led investors to nervously scan their holdings to see if they hold asset-backed paper issued by such companies, said sources in Tokyo.

The concern has arisen after an employee of one such lender was arrested for allegedly telling a cash-strapped loan guarantor to sell one of his kidneys, an eyeball and part of his liver to pay off a debt.

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