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Japanese companies -- the (adopted) son rises

Business families profit from adult adoption and arranged marriage

| Japan
Suzuki Motor Chairman Osamu Suzuki is one of Japan's most prominent adopted-heir chief executives and was the carmaker's fourth in a row.   © Reuters

Japanese business families have developed an answer to an age-old headache facing family-run businesses -- the fact that the founders rarely produce children as talented or determined as themselves.

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