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Japannext and Kabu.com slug it out

As technology revolutionises trading, off-exchange trading platforms fight for market share in Japan.
Competition is often comfortingly said to lead to æa greater pie for everyoneÆ but try telling that to Yoichi Ishikawa, general manager of kabu.com and Mitsunori Fukuishi, CEO of SBI Japannext. Both men are committed to growing their electronic trading platforms in the face of drastically falling volumes and a complicated regulatory environment.

The normally staid capital markets scene is undergoing a revolution in Japan as US and EU-style ECNs electronic communications networks appear. These can be seen as off-exchange trading systems that replicate the best features of the exchange û in this case the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which is the primary dealing place in Japan and where price discovery takes place. Companies...
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