Japan looks compelling again for private equity

EVEN though Japan is a leading market in Asia alongside China, India and South-east Asia, investors have been reluctant to consider it as a core geography in their private equity allocations over the past few years.

The main reasons? Only a few deals are effectively closed each year, portfolio company growth was confined by a flat economy, and returns have been somewhat below expectation.

Nevertheless, different factors seem to be improving the investment environment. While Japan is still lagging behind...

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