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Japan brokerages bolster research on hidden gems

Foreign investors seek insights into stocks less vulnerable to trade war winds

Brokerages are helping foreign investors find smaller, overlooked companies in Japan's crowded business world. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japanese brokerages are strengthening research operations in hopes of turning them into profit machines by tapping growing overseas interest in small and midsize businesses here.

Daiwa Securities now publishes research on 560 stocks, up more than 100 in three years. Smaller companies account for most of the rise at the Daiwa Securities Group unit. Nomura Securities has expanded its coverage by more than 10% in five years to about 630 stocks as of April. It is a unit of Nomura Holdings.

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