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Takako Taniguchi
For Takako Taniguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Christian Sinding, chief executive officer of EQT, in Tokyo in September
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 28, 2023
Private equity giant EQT buys stake in Japanese startup HRBrain
The purchase marks a rare attempt by a global private equity giant to boost returns through young enterprises in the Asian country.
A Tsuruha Holdings store in Otaru, Hokkaido. The drug store chain is considering selling the entire company for about $4 billion or even more, sources said.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 15, 2023
Japan’s Tsuruha weighs sale after proxy battle with Oasis
The company is working with an adviser on the potential transaction and has reached out to some private equity firms to gauge their interest.
Blackstone's headquarters in New York
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 6, 2023
Blackstone sees most Asia deal activity in Japan and India in 2024
The world’s largest alternative asset manager expects India and Japan to be its most active markets in Asia next year based on capital allocation.
Blackstone is working on more acquisitions in Japan with several bids out and properties like hotels and data centers in the pipeline.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 14, 2023
Blackstone eyes more Japan property after selling $4.5 billion
Real estate investments in Japan have been rosy compared to other countries, where rising costs have squeezed finances and workers have shunned offices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 22, 2023
Elevator-maker showcases growing shareholder activism in Japan
Fujitec shareholders rejected a raft of proposals from ousted chairman Takakazu Uchiyama to overhaul the board during Wednesday"s annual shareholders meeting, a Fujitec spokesperson said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 3, 2023
Seven & I says strategy will work in latest missive to ValueAct
Debate between Seven & I and activist fund ValueAct Capital Management is likely to continue through May 25, when Seven & I is scheduled to hold its annual general meeting.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 23, 2022
Daiwa chief expects more BOJ tweaks in pivot to policy tightening
Japanu2019s 40-year high inflation and signs of distortions in the bond market mean itu2019s a good time to start normalizing policy, Daiwa Securities Group CEO Seiji Nakata said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 30, 2022
Nomura looks to tap equities and wealth for ¥138.6 billion revenue boost
Japanu2019s biggest brokerage is seeking new revenue streams as rising global interest rates and market volatility slow key pillars of its business, from brokerage fees to stock underwriting.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 11, 2022
Bain goes on Japan buying spree with $40 billion in investments
The U.S. firm is on a buying spree, sealing a multi-billion dollar deal last month to acquire Hitachi's metals unit, while it is involved in a bidding war for Toshiba.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 9, 2022
Fortress close to buying Japan’s Sogo & Seibu for over $1.4 billion
Discussions are in their final stage and an announcement could come as soon as Thursday, sources have said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 31, 2022
SMBC Nikko posts record loss on market rigging fallout
The firm signaled personnel changes are in the works, and wasnu2019t optimistic that business will bounce back quickly.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2022
Toshiba chooses JIP-led group as preferred bidder for buyout, sources say
Private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners is looking to acquire the firm in partnership with multiple domestic companies including Orix and Chubu Electric Power, sources said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 7, 2022
Nomura is teaching Japan high school students how to invest
About 8 in 10 Japanese have never invested in securities, according to a lobby group for the nationu2019s brokers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 6, 2022
Utility giant Tepco weighs joining Toshiba bid
The largest power utility in Japan is looking to secure Toshibau2019s nuclear business, sources said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 22, 2022
Private equity giants derided as vultures eye breakthrough in Japan
A successful deal for Toshiba, which may be private equityu2019s largest ever in the country, would signal the once-criticized investors have become more accepted in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 19, 2022
Nomura explores the metaverse in digital push to boost profit
The Tokyo-based firm is considering using its investment banking knowledge to help companies in the virtual space raise money and advise on how to navigate regulations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 27, 2022
Nomura falls most this year after earnings and buyback disappoint
Japanu2019s biggest brokerage fell as much as 5.7% on Wednesday morning in Tokyo, the sharpest intraday drop since Nov. 1.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 22, 2021
SBI's Yoshitaka Kitao 'totally agrees' with suggested delisting of Shinsei Bank
Having secured effective control of the bank, Kitao could delist it in order to pay back funds Shinsei has owed taxpayers since a 1998 bailout.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 14, 2021
Bank of America’s top female banker in Japan emphasizes ESG
The executive is urging female colleagues to take on new challenges as she forges a path in sustainable finance.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 9, 2021
Morgan Stanley sees Japan assets more than double on ESG surge
Itu2019s a global trend predicted to grow beyond $50 trillion by 2025, but cases of "greenwashing" mean companies must stay cognizant of possible risks.

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