CORRECTED-Japan March bank loans down 1.7 pct yr/yr

 (Corrects paragraph 3 to ... the loan balance fell 1.6 percent
... not, 1.8 percent)	
 TOKYO, April 12 (Reuters) - Outstanding loans held by
Japanese banks fell 1.7 percent in March  from a year
earlier, the Bank of Japan said on Tuesday, down for the 16th
straight month and as the devastating earthquake also weighed on
companies' demand for short-term funding. 	
 Loans held by the country's four main categories of banks,
including "shinkin" or credit unions, stood at 456.3336 trillion
yen ($5.39 trillion).	
 Excluding factors such as loan write-offs, the loan balance
fell 1.6 percent from the same month a year earlier.	
 Following is a table of Japanese bank lending and
outstanding commercial paper held by banks (preliminary, with
year-on-year percentage changes; some previous figures may be
revised): 	
                              MAR       FEB       JAN	
 Banks including shinkin:       -1.7      -1.9      -1.8	
 Banks excluding shinkin:       -1.8      -2.0      -1.9	
 Outstanding CP held by banks:  +0.2      -6.3      -8.6	
 	
 To view the full tables, go to	
 http://www.boj.or.jp/statistics/dl/depo/kashi/kasi1103.pdf	
 
($1 = 84.600 Japanese Yen)	
	
 (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)	
 	
 

CORRECTED-Japan March bank loans down 1.7 pct yr/yr