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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

said Friday it would consider merging its investment banking unit with the Japanese operations of

Morgan Stanley


, according to reports.

Japanese public broadcaster


reported plans for the merger but didn't provide details or cite sources, the

Associated Press


"Assessing what kind of synergies there would be is something to be considered from now. There are many options including the establishment of a joint venture," Mitsubishi UFJ Securities CEO Yasumasa Gomi told



Gomi said no agreement has been reached, contrary to the


report, according to



A spokeswoman at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo said nothing has been decided but the two firms will continue talks on "all the options to maximize the strategic benefits of the global alliance," reports



Mitsubishi UFJ last month agreed to buy a 21% stake in Morgan Stanley for $9 billion, making Mitsubishi UFJ the bank's top shareholder. And along with

Goldman Sachs


, Morgan Stanley last month registered with the

Federal Reserve

as a bank holding company.

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