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Japan's family businesses rekindle their entrepreneurial spark

Successors say experience and innovative thinking can offer an edge over startups

Airweave Chairman and President Motokuni Takaoka inherited a company that made weaving machines and turned it into a maker of innovative bedding material.

TOKYO -- While it may not be known as a land of startups, Japan has no shortage of entrepreneurs -- they are just more likely be found reinventing a family business than starting a new one. 

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