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Evolve or die: How nimble Keyence grew into a $140bn titan

With Japan's highest pay, sensor maker attracts best and brightest

Products made with Keyence's 3D printers are known for their fine details. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

OSAKA -- Giant fossils decorate hallways and meeting rooms at the Osaka headquarters of sensor maker Keyence -- a reminder, the company says, that it too could become a fossil if it does not continue to evolve.

This continued adaptation has helped Keyence grow to become Japan's third-most-valuable listed company, behind only Toyota Motor and Sony Group, with a market capitalization of nearly 16 trillion yen ($141 billion).

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