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The crisis at Toshiba Corp. may have a silver lining for new boss Taro Shimada, allowing him to keep — at least for now — businesses pivotal to his digital strategy that predecessors had planned to sell.

Investors last week voted down management’s plan to spin off Toshiba’s devices unit, as well as a rival shareholder proposal to solicit buyout offers. That left the troubled 146-year-old conglomerate without a clear immediate direction.

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