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People check a safe they found at their devastated house at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, following the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

NU Online News Service, March 25, 2:21 p.m. EDT

Standard and Poor’s says it believes claims-loss estimates on residential losses to insurers from the recent earthquake in Japan will not be exceeded, but the ratings future of the domestic insurers hinges on whether those estimates are surpassed or not.

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