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Activist investors set their sights on Asia

Number of targeted companies up 20% with Japan at the forefront

Japan was the main target of activist investors last year as Asia surpassed Europe in terms of number of activist campaigns. (Photo by Tsuneyuki Kenmochi)

TOKYO -- The number of activist campaigns in Asia surged nearly 20% last year, putting the region second only to the U.S. in terms of activist investor activity.

A record 111 companies headquartered in Asia faced requests from activist shareholders to improve corporate governance last year, according to the report "Activist Investing Annual Review 2019," produced by consultancy Activist Insight in association with Schulte Roth & Zabel.

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