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Japan Inc. afraid to create ripples in its $1tn cash pool

Flush with funds but treading water, companies can't afford not to invest in growth

Daiwa House employees work at a logistics facility. The homebuilder is investing more in building and managing logistics centers to capitalize on the growth of e-commerce.

TOKYO -- Boosted by record profits, Japan's listed companies are sitting on more cash than ever -- about a trillion dollars' worth. Yet most of them are afraid to funnel that money into takeovers and other growth strategies, preferring instead to hold those funds for a rainy day. Unless they learn to put their vast wealth to use, however, their current wave of profit growth will inevitably come crashing down.   

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