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Finance

Orix bets on infrastructure business for growth

The high-stakes gamble could very well backfire

An Orix-led consortium is likely to acquire rights to operate Kobe Airport in Hyogo Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Orix, a big Japan-based financial services company, is aggressively expanding its infrastructure business, taking advantage of low interest rates around the world and excess liquidity.

After taking over the operations of Kansai Airport (near Osaka) and Osaka International Airport last year, Orix now wants to acquire the rights to operate Kobe Airport, also in the western region of Kansai.

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