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Japan IPOs plunge 30% in biggest drop since 2009

Big floats on hold in first half of 2022 as foreign investment inflows dry up

U.S. interest rate hikes and the Ukraine war have dampened Japan's IPO market. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- New stock market listings in Japan are on track to fall 30% from a year earlier in the first half of 2022 as a confluence of global factors makes international investment scarce. 

As of Thursday, 37 companies were expected to have initial public offerings between January and the end of June, down from 53 in the same period last year. Not since the 63% drop in the first half of 2009 have IPOs fallen so sharply.

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