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Japan buyout firms ready $5.5bn for new round of investments

Country's anemic bond yields spur demand for alternatives

Japanese private equity firms invested in a record 750 companies last year.

TOKYO -- Japanese private equity firms will set up new funds worth roughly 600 billion yen ($5.5 billion) over the next few years to serve investors starving for higher returns in a time of continued low interest rates.

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