Japan’s period of high growth driven by exports and domestic demand is over. Companies are reacting to unique economic circumstances by using their cash reserves and cheap bank loans to invest in foreign firms. While the yen is strong and interest rates are low, the buying binge will go on. But Japan’s track record in making overseas acquisitions succeed is mixed.

A SPECTACULAR takeover bid for a leading American company highlights a major trend: Japan’s shift to a growth model driven by foreign investment, rather than exports.

SoftBank Corp, a Japanese internet and telecommunications powerhouse, has offered US$20 billion for a 7...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
The key challenge for the Japanese is the integration of the purchased company into its global operations. Language and cultural barriers are high
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