Japanese business targets foreign companies for another record year in M&A

Kodak's virtual monopoly ended as it failed to keep pace with digitalisation (photo:dpa)
Kodak's virtual monopoly ended as it failed to keep pace with digitalisation (photo:dpa)

Foreign companies in the healthcare and energy sector are the favourite targets for Japanese business looking to expand abroad. Cheap capital from a Japanese government fund and their own cash reserves is helping business deal with an ageing home market and a strong yen and develop new international markets through mergers and acquisition.

FUJIFILM was a Japanese domestic player just starting to widen its international focus 50 years ago and playing a distant catch-up to Kodak, the then-world leader for photographic films.

Kodak, a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1930 to 2004, enjoyed a virtual monopoly on film for decades and emp...

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