TOKYO (AP) _ Goldman Sachs and Co. has linked up with Fuji Bank Ltd. to jointly develop mutual fund-type investments for sale to retail investors in Japan, a spokesman for the Japanese bank said Friday.

The agreement between the two companies was struck seven months before Japan lifts a ban on the sale of investment trusts, a popular kind of mutual fund, at full service banks.

Goldman Sachs will provide advice to Fuji Investment Management Co., a unit of the Tokyo-based bank which plans to market investment trusts at Fuji Bank branches, said bank spokesman Hiroshi Takahashi.

Fuji Bank has begun talks to expand its sales network for the investments to some 20 regional banks in Japan, the spokesman said.