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Yoshihisa Kainuma has made a career out of being in the right place at the right time.

In 2015, the head of Minebea Mitsumi Inc. was on a bullet train heading to a city northwest of Tokyo when he realized the chief of a potential acquisition target was onboard. He texted over his seat number and, during a one-hour ride, convinced his counterpart to sell his $500 million company.

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