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Tokyo bourse tells Toyota, SoftBank, others to lift capital efficiency

Blue chips among about 1,800 companies with P/B ratios less than 1

The Tokyo Stock Exchange wants to make Japanese equities more attractive to investors abroad.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday urged companies with low price-to-book ratios to start focusing on using capital more efficiently, as a P/B ratio of less than 1 means investors see a company as being worth less than its book value.

Stepping up its push to better attract overseas investment and breathe new life into the lackluster market, the TSE told the roughly 3,300 companies listed on the Prime and Standard segments to pay more attention to capital costs and stock prices.

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