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How Japan firms can sustain the M&A surge

Before pursuing mergers and acquisitions, they should look beyond the financials to the intangibles of cultural intelligence.

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Japan is a highly collectivist society with a strong sense of nationalism and pride in its own achievements and capabilities. This has been heightened due to their immense success in the post-1960s global expansion.

JAPANESE M&As (mergers and acquisitions) have risen significantly in the last three years, increasing from 37 per cent to 67 per cent of all Japanese corporations' foreign direct investment. The year 2015 was also a banner year for Japan, logging in over US$85 billion in outbound investment

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