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Private equity firm CVC to invest $1.4bn in Japan market

Group will target companies with solid operations but in need of cash

Tokyo's Marunouchi business district: CVC's investment push in Japan is backed by its new Asia-Pacific fund that raised $4.5 billion earlier this month. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- CVC Capital Partners will invest roughly 150 billion yen ($1.39 billion) into the Japanese market over the next several years, said Atsushi Akaike, the global private equity firm's head of Japan.

The firm raised $4.5 billion for a new Asia-Pacific fund in early April, exceeding its $4 billion target thanks to investors hungry for opportunities amid rock-bottom interest rates. The new fund attracted big pension funds from the U.S. and Europe, as well as a larger proportion of Asian players. About 30% of its investments will be made in Japan.

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