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Highlights: September 2000 Issue

M&A Review: First-Half 2000

We discuss the state of Japan's inbound cross-border M&A market with the corporate finance heads of a variety of leading financial firms in Japan, and review some of the most interesting deals that have recently taken place.  What kind of deals are popular now, and what are the strategies behind them?  What are some of the impediments that remain obstacles to foreign companies wishing to acquire market positions via acquisition?  What kinds of interesting acquisitions were made by companies like GE Capital, Hyundai, Pacific Century Cyberworks, Primustel, Nestle and others during the first half of 2000?  Read and find out.

Secom's Unique 'Social Services' Strategy

Secom is now a $3 billion company, and it's no coincidence that it was added to the Nikkei 225 index only a week after this article was published.  In our exclusive interview, Secom Senior Executive Director Nobuyuki Sasaki discusses his company's growth, Secom's various activities in security, 'cyberbusiness', insurance, education and health care services, and his thoughts on corporate management.  Our subscribers enjoy having an executive of a major Japanese company discuss his company in a full-length, sit-down-in-person interview.  Well, here's another one. 

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

Two more foreign firms enter Japan's educational services market for language training, technical training and supplemental education; What Cargill is going to do now that it has closed on its bankruptcy acquisition of food distributor Toshoku; Why major banks are wining and dining a few postal savings bureaucrats from the MPT; 4Kids Entertainment set to license more icons of Japanese pop culture; Japanese newspapers are the key to branding; and Tokyo metropolitan subway workers bid farewell to LTCB, hello to Shinsei Bank. 

A Specialist Offers Advice: "How We Hire Well, and Protect Ourselves from Local Labor Laws"

You could listen to your novice accountant or lawyer when they advise that you can't fire workers in Japan, or reduce their compensation.   Or you could listen to our specialist contributor, someone who has worked miracles for foreign companies in Japan seeking to hire, fire, restructure, and otherwise get the most out of Japanese staff.

From the Editors

Our third anniversary, and where we're going...

Plus much more...

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