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Carlyle to invest over $9bn in Japan on post-pandemic reform hopes

Private equity firm taps flood of risk capital to boost spending plans

The Carlyle Group sees corporate Japan starting to catch up with Western markets when it comes to reform.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- U.S. private-equity firm Carlyle Group plans to pour more than 1 trillion yen ($9.4 billion) into Japanese businesses over the next three to five years, anticipating that the changes wrought by the coronavirus pandemic will create new investing opportunities as companies reorganize.

The firm set up a 258 billion yen Japan-focused buyout fund in March, the largest of its kind, and plans to direct money from an $18.5 billion U.S. fund and a $6.5 billion Asia-oriented fund into the Japanese market.

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