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Asia Insight

Yahoo and Recruit dramas expose Japan Inc.'s chronic risks

Listed parent-unit pairs and cross-shareholdings draw scrutiny

KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asian Review chief business news correspondent | Japan

TOKYO -- Two high-profile corporate dramas gripped Japan Inc. in August, bringing a pair of long-standing governance issues back into the spotlight.

One case, involving SoftBank Group-linked companies, illustrates anew the potential for conflicts of interest when parents and subsidiaries are both listed. Meanwhile, a sell-off of Recruit Holdings shares, ostensibly triggered by a data leak scandal, highlights the lingering risks of cross-shareholding arrangements.

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