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Rule-tightening signals Japan wants investors to toe the line

'Very, very low' 1% threshold for reporting seen as barrier to activism

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech on Japan's economy and investment-friendly reforms at New York Stock Exchange in 2017, although new legislation to scrutinize foreign investments in Japan is drawing fire.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Investors have written to the Japanese government, seeking clarification over a proposed foreign investment law that would significantly tighten scrutiny of market activity, the secretary general of the Asian Corporate Governance Association said in Hong Kong recently.

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