Jan 19, 2016

Son's SoftBank vision at risk as Sprint goes from bad to worse

The acquisition of Sprint Corp. was supposed to help Masayoshi Son realize his vision of transforming SoftBank Group Corp. into the world’s most valuable company. Instead, the 2013 deal has become his biggest setback so far, dragging down SoftBank shares and cutting into the ...

Jan 9, 2016

Asahi mulls buying Peroni, Grolsch brands

Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. is considering acquiring SABMiller PLC’s Peroni and Grolsch beer brands in a deal estimated at several hundreds of billions of yen, informed sources said Saturday. The Japanese beverage group is expected to make a bid for the two popular European ...

Jan 3, 2016

Major insurers on hunt for M&As

The chiefs of Japan’s top insurance companies are eager to keep pursuing mergers and acquisitions abroad because the domestic market is expected to shrink, interviews show. In 2015, Nippon Life Insurance Co. bought smaller rival Mitsui Life Insurance Co. and National Australia Bank’s insurance ...

Dec 22, 2015

Japan's Recruit to acquire Dutch employment firm USG People

Recruit Holdings Co. agreed to buy USG People NV of the Netherlands for just over €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) as Japan’s biggest provider of temporary staff seeks to boost growth in Europe. Recruit will offer €17.50 ($19) in cash for each share in Almere, ...

Chinese firm to acquire ski resort in Hokkaido

Nov 12, 2015

Chinese firm to acquire ski resort in Hokkaido

Commercial facility management company Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart Co. is to buy a major ski resort in Hokkaido for ¥18.3 billion. China-based Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart said it will acquire all outstanding shares in Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, a ski resort in the village of ...

Ajinomoto eyeing further acquisitions in Europe

Jul 21, 2015

Ajinomoto eyeing further acquisitions in Europe

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Ajinomoto Co., the Japanese maker of flavors and food ingredients, has posted an executive in Europe to hunt for acquisition targets in the region, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The executive joined Ajinomoto’s European headquarters in the last couple of ...

Jul 7, 2015

Hakuhodo buys Canadian advertising agency Sid Lee International

Japanese advertising agency Hakuhodo DY Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it has acquired all the shares in Canadian ad company Sid Lee International LLC for an undisclosed amount as part of its efforts to expand overseas. Headquartered in Quebec and with offices in Canada, France, ...