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Business trends

Japan's restaurant chains discover appetite for small eateries

Wave of M&As targets successful businesses lacking successors

Hot House was too tempting to resist for curry giant Go Go Curry, which acquired the small Kanazawa-based Indian curry restaurant in 2017.

TOKYO/OSAKA -- Big restaurant chains in Japan are devouring small, sometimes single-location restaurants struggling to find successors to stay in business.

Their favorite dish? Well-run eateries with established customer bases -- and perhaps special menus -- that they can take under their wing.

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