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Women save Japan's old family businesses with new ideas

A 260-year-old paint maker now sells nail polish thanks to female heir

Kayo Yoshida, the fifth president of Umenoyado Brewery, shook up the sake business with a sparkling product that contains fruit juice.

OSAKA -- For 260 years, a Kyoto company called Ueba Esou specialized in paints for Japanese art. But after the president succumbed to illness, his daughter faced an almost unthinkable decision: Should she close the business?

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