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KKR looks to catch global wave of Japanese M&A

US private equity firm wary of Tokyo's new rules for foreign investors

KKR Japan CEO Hirofumi Hirano speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review on Dec. 5 in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

TOKYO -- U.S. investment firm KKR is gearing up for more overseas acquisitions by Japanese companies as manufacturers faced with a shrinking domestic economy seek opportunities elsewhere.

"Japanese companies now need to not only sell their products overseas but also acquire companies to strengthen overseas management and platforms," Hirofumi Hirano, KKR Japan CEO and co-head of its private equity business in Asia, said in a recent interview. "Helping the smooth integration and management using our global network is a key theme for us."

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