Strong yen spurs Japanese firms' overseas ambitions

A runaway yen and timely exit strategies at private equity firms are persuading more medium-size Japanese companies that now is the time to jump into the overseas M&A market.

Strong yen spurs Japanese firms' overseas ambitions
Strong yen hurts exports, but makes overseas expansion cheaper

The US dollar dipped to a historical low against the Japanese yen on October 31, with one dollar equivalent to 75.35 on October 31, before the Bank of Japan intervened and pushed the exchange rate back above 78. Even so, the yen is down almost 4% against the dollar for the year to date, while the euro is flat.

The firmer yen has been robbing Japanese exporters of overseas earnings, but it also works to...

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