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Japan Inc's overseas M&As soar to a record $106bn in first half

Ultra-low interest rates helped push the figure up three-fold from a year ago

Takeda Pharmaceutical President and CEO Christophe Weber speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on May 9, 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The value of overseas mergers and acquisitions by Japanese companies from January to June this year reached 11.74 trillion yen ($106 billion), a record for the period, buoyed by the ease of raising huge funds at ultra-low interest rates.

The figure represents a more than three-fold jump from the same period a year earlier, according to M&A research firm Recof Data. The number of deals increased by about 10% to 340, also a record, Recof Data said.

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