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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. ...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Four major Japanese industrial firms had foreign chief executives in 2011. Only one is still in office. Each has found it difficult to integrate the Japanese and international operations, and adjust to local management practices. The new trend is towards a resource-based strategy and the key resource is ‘Japaneseness’, especially the high level of skill and will of...