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Japan investors flock to stocks targeted by activists

Prospect of greater rewards and management reforms alluring

Japanese investors are picking up equities targeted by activists, helping the companies outperform the market.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- When shares of Japanese online life insurance provider Lifenet Insurance jumped as much as 14% Thursday, before closing with an 11% gain, it was seen as the latest example of Japanese investors rushing to a stock that activist investors have shown interest in.

A day before the stock surge, it came to light that Singapore-based Effissimo Capital Management had bought more than 5% of the insurer's shares.

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