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Japan seeks faster IPOs by cutting 1 week off listing process

Securities industry proposes 21-day schedule to draw more startups

The Japanese government decided to make IPO price formation reform part of its growth strategy this year. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- Japan's securities industry wants to reduce the time needed for companies to list on the stock market following approval for an initial public offering, looking to create a more welcoming environment for fundraising.

It takes a month for a new stock to debut on the Japanese market after receiving approval. The Japan Securities Dealers Association will recommend cutting the waiting period to about 21 days in a draft report the group will finish in January.

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