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4 November 2013

Japanese GPs face stiff competition from strategic buyersp

Japanese flag pole Japanese private equity firms face stiff competition for assets from strategic buyers, according to founder and president of investment firm J-Star Gregory Hara.

29 October 2013

Japan’s J-Star expects to launch third fund within two yearsp

tokyo 11_sq Japanese private equity firm J-Star expects to be back in the market in around two yeas after closing its latest fund in July this year, AltAssets can reveal.

23 October 2013

J-Star exits Japanese sweets maker Tokachi

Japanese private equity firm J-Star has exited its investment in sweets manufacturer Tokachi, which has been sold to Mediaflag.

21 October 2013

New hire, staff changes suggests PE investment looms for $1.2tn Japan pension fund

Japanese flag pole Japan’s mammoth $1.2tn pension fund is reportedly making initial moves to begin investing in private equity after instructing several of its investment staff to focus on the asset class.

9 October 2013

Mitsubishi seeks $300m for new energy fund

tokyo 11_sq Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi plans to raise $300m for a new energy-focused private equity fund, which will focus on North American energy projects.

4 October 2013

Kyoto University targets $60m for second venture fund

Kyoto University Japanese research institution Kyoto University has picked a $60m target for its second venture fund targeting investments in Japanese and Asian startups.

4 October 2013

J-Star secures majority stake in Primagest

fuji-japan_sq Japanese private equity firm J-Star has made a further commitment to Primagest to secure a majority stake in the business.

27 September 2013

KKR agrees 80% Panasonic Healthcare buyout in $1.67bn deal

US private equity firm KKR has agreed to buy 80 per cent of Japanese electronic group Panasonic’s healthcare division for JPY165bn ($1.67bn).

27 September 2013

Japan pension fund could grow exposure to alternative investments

Japan’s $1.23tn Government Pension Investment Fund could further diversify into alternative assets such as infrastructure and private equity following the continued poor performance of its domestic bond portfolio.

6 September 2013

KKR leads the pack for sale of Panasonic’s healthcare arm

Japanese electronics group Panasonic is to grant preferential rights to US private equity firm KKR in the sale of its healthcare unit.

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