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Singapore's Japan M&A tops annual record by April at $2.65bn

GIC and bargain hunters behind record pace of investments

GIC bought the Naeba Prince Hotel in ski destination Yuzawa from Seibu Holdings in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Naeba Prince Hotel)

SINGAPORE -- Singapore's acquisition activity in Japan has already hit an all-time annual high this year, thanks to a splashy deal by sovereign wealth fund GIC, as a cheap yen and a large interest rate gap lure private buyers.

As of April 13, Singapore-based companies had inked four M&A deals with Japanese targets totaling $2.65 billion so far this year, data from Refinitiv shows. This marks a third straight year above $1 billion -- and only the third year over $2 billion since 1992.

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