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Activist investors regain their appetite for Japanese stocks

Holdings double since 2015 as calls for change find receptive ears

Managers in Japan are becoming more willing to listen to activist calls for boosting profitability. (Nikkei montage)

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- Investors who press management to unlock value for shareholders have taken a renewed interest in Japan, a once-fruitless market that has become one of the most promising for bargain hunters. 

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