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Market Scramble: Reform-minded companies win hearts of foreigners

Investors favor companies with clear visions for future

Markets cheered Fujitsu's decision to slash cross-shareholdings with Fuji Electric.

TOKYO -- Overseas investors increasingly are paying close attention to the business strategies of individual companies in Japan, particularly those undergoing structural reform.

Hopes for Japan's economic revival have faded, leaving a dearth of incentives to buy other than external factors such as the yen's rates, said Naoki Iizuka, chief strategist at Citigroup Global Markets Japan. MSCI indexes show that Japanese equities have lagged their global counterparts overall since the start of the year.

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