Shigeru Sato

For Shigeru Sato's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

With Brexit, Japan Inc. gets acquisition bargains

Jun 25, 2016

With Brexit, Japan Inc. gets acquisition bargains

Japanese companies, which have embarked on a $210 billion global acquisition spree over the past three years, are getting a surprise bargain out of Brexit. The yen soared Friday to its highest in more than two years, boosting local firms’ purchasing power for deals ...

Bain, PAG Asia get in line for potential Takata purchase

Jun 3, 2016

Bain, PAG Asia get in line for potential Takata purchase

Bain Capital and PAG Asia Capital are evaluating bids for Takata Corp., joining KKR & Co. among private equity firms with an interest in the Japanese air bag supplier behind a record safety recall, according to people familiar with the matter. Takata’s shares surged. ...

Japan fund on $10 billion quest to discover the next Elon Musk

Oct 16, 2015

Japan fund on $10 billion quest to discover the next Elon Musk

Toshiyuki Shiga is on a $10 billion quest to discover Japan’s top entrepreneurs, people who can found companies as globally competitive as Tesla Motors Co. and Apple Inc. The former chief operating officer of Nissan Motor Co. described the search as an urgent mission ...

After dropping finance for social media, Wantedly CEO eyes IPO

Apr 27, 2015

After dropping finance for social media, Wantedly CEO eyes IPO

With experience at Facebook Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Akiko Naka’s resume at 26 already read like that of a corporate veteran. Then she decided to add entrepreneur to the mix. Wantedly Inc., the recruiting and social networking platform she started in 2010, ...

Quantum wins $20.5 million funding to build a rapid DNA sequencer

Feb 10, 2015

Quantum wins $20.5 million funding to build a rapid DNA sequencer

Quantum Biosystems Inc., an Osaka-based company developing a faster genome sequencer, has raised ¥2.4 billion in venture-capital funding from firms including Jafco Co., people with knowledge of the matter said. The investors also include state-backed Innovation Network Corp. of Japan, Mizuho Capital Co., University ...

After IPO, Recruit finds 100 potential acquisition targets

Oct 25, 2014

After IPO, Recruit finds 100 potential acquisition targets

Recruit Holdings Co., Japan’s biggest provider of temporary staff, has identified about 100 global companies as potential takeover targets since its an initial public offering this month. The Tokyo-based firm has the capacity to spend about ¥700 billion ($6.5 billion) on acquisitions over the ...

Rakuten exec takes action to help moms

Jun 30, 2014

Rakuten exec takes action to help moms

Mie Kurosaka, Rakuten Inc.’s first female executive, returned to work at Japan’s biggest online mall operator only three weeks after giving birth in 2002. Now, as one of Rakuten’s four top female executives, the 47-year-old who oversees corporate social responsibility is pushing to have ...

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Jan 8, 2014

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Lixil Group Corp., which agreed to buy bathroom-fixture makers American Standard Brands and Grohe Group last year, is studying another overseas acquisition to boost revenue from emerging markets. The planned deal will help Tokyo-based Lixil achieve its target of increasing sales from emerging markets ...