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Profits and pitfalls -- taking over a Japanese company

Private equity investors should look to boost growth

| Japan
Toshiba's flash memory business sale is a sign of Japanese companies' growing readiness to slash key business operations.   © Reuters

Toshiba's memory chip business, sold off for 2 trillion yen ($18 billion), by the debt-laden group to a consortium led by Bain Capital, has joined Japan's growing list of private equity mega deals.

The increasing flow of transactions means that few eyebrows are raised today when blue-chip Japanese companies carve out businesses and sell to foreign financial investors.

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