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Activist funds buying into more Japan companies

TOKYO -- Despite a recovery in earnings, Japanese companies are failing to use their cash on hand efficiently. Activist funds see an opening and are stepping in to buy more Japanese stock.

     According to so-called large shareholdings reports submitted by 12 activist and quasi-activist funds to the local financial bureaus, activist funds have more than 5% stakes in 181 companies as of Tuesday, up 27 over the past year. Investors are required to submit these reports when they own more than 5% of outstanding shares in companies.

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