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This is the third part of a new series of reports written by industry specialists. The first 12 articles are about Japanese general trading companies, or sōgō shōsha.

We know that the Japanese sōgō shōsha are unique business organizations not found outside Japan. So, what makes them unique, what are their distinguishing features?

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