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Business trends

Corporate Japan learns to boost profitability

Net earnings of 1,566 listed companies rose by 35% last year

Mitsubishi Electric is among the Japanese companies profiting from demand for factory automation equipment.

TOKYO -- Japanese listed companies continue to improve their ability to generate profits, as they scored a second year of record profits in the year ended March 31, with automakers and manufacturers of chipmaking and industrial automation equipment leading the way.

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