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Carlyle Group adds former Abe aide to advise on Japan buyouts

Longtime METI official Takaya Imai offers expertise on industrial policy

The Carlyle Group looks to increase investments in Japan, focusing on manufacturing.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group has hired a key member of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's brain trust as a senior adviser at the company's Japanese unit, Nikkei learned Wednesday.

Takaya Imai, whose career in government began at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), is expected advise on areas including industrial policies in Japan and overseas.

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