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Japan system solutions providers enjoy high margins on brisk demand

TOKYO -- Six major providers of software system solutions in Japan are on track to enjoy an average operating margin of 9.5% in the year ending March, the highest ratio since fiscal 2002.

Strong demand linked to aggressive systems investment by companies is buoying the profitability gauge, as are higher prices stemming from shortages of software engineers. The rise of cost-efficient cloud technology is also providing a boost.

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