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Private equity bets big on Japan: 5 things to know

US-China tensions and corporate reform drive buyout boom

The rise of megafunds specializing in Asia is driving private equity investments in Japan. (Source photo by Arisa Moriyama) 

TOKYO -- CVC Capital Partners is preparing a $20 billion bid for Toshiba, while a consortium led by Bain Capital has offered to buy Hitachi Metals in a deal that Nikkei reports could be worth $7.3 billion.

The two moves highlight the growing appetite of private equity investors for Japanese deals.

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