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The London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market, which targets startup firms, aims for as many as 10 Japanese companies to debut by the end of 2008, even as the global credit crisis limits listings worldwide.

“We expect three to four Japanese companies to come to the market in the second quarter,” Naomitsu Abe, senior manager at the LSE in charge of developing business in Japan, said in an interview Tuesday. That may increase to 10 by year’s end, he said.

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