TOKYO -- Listed companies in Japan own unprecedented holdings of roughly 100 trillion yen ($832 billion). The 2008 collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered the global financial crisis, leading to difficulties for Japanese companies trying to raise money on the market. That now appears to be a thing of the past.
In fiscal 2014, companies willingly shifted their money not only to benefit shareholders, but also to boost capital investment, as well as mergers and acquisitions. At any rate, the big number tells all -- they still have plenty of room to do something.