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Japan-Update

Japanese investors riled by discounted tender offers

Below-market deals used for speedy restructuring and unwinding of cross-shareholdings

Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan has offered to buy back shares at below the market price. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- The increased use of discounted tender offers in recent years has frustrated many Japanese individual shareholders, as many such deals are put together with little accountability and benefit to the small-time investors.

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