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Traditional 'Bunraku' puppets for children help Japanese master endure coronavirus shutdown

11 Sep 2020

OSAKA, Japan Stuck at home for weeks while Japan was under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, renowned Japanese Bunraku puppet master Kanjuro Kiritake, all his performances cancelled for months, was stricken with deep anxiety.

More than 40 crew missing after cattle ship capsizes in storm off Japan

04 Sep 2020

TOKYO/WELLINGTON More than 40 crew members were missing after a ship carrying cattle from New Zealand to China capsized in stormy weather in the East China Sea, the Japanese coastguard said on Thursday. | Video

CORRECTED-UPDATE 9-More than 40 crew missing after cattle ship capsizes in storm off Japan

04 Sep 2020

TOKYO/WELLINGTON, Sept 3 More than 40 crew members were missing after a ship carrying cattle from New Zealand to China capsized in stormy weather in the East China Sea, the Japanese coastguard said on Thursday.

Takeda to sell Japan consumer health unit valued at $2.3 billion to Blackstone

24 Aug 2020

TOKYO Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said on Monday it would sell its Japanese consumer healthcare business to U.S. buyout fund Blackstone Group, as it aims to focus on developing drugs for unmet medical needs and rare diseases.

Bain Capital clinches $1.2 billion deal for Japan's Nichiigakkan after fending off higher bid

18 Aug 2020

TOKYO Bain Capital clinched a $1.2 billion deal on Tuesday to buy Japanese nursing-home operator Nichiigakkan after fending off a higher, last-minute bid from rival Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA).

Baring Private Equity makes $1.4 billion counter bid for Bain target Nichiigakkan

17 Aug 2020

TOKYO Hong Kong-based buyout firm Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) made a counter offer on Monday for Japanese nursing home operator Nichiigakkan Co Ltd , which has agreed to be bought by Bain Capital in a deal valuing it at $1.2 billion.

UPDATE 1-Bain Capital sweetens terms for Japan's Nichiigakkan with Effissimo support

31 Jul 2020

TOKYO, July 31 Bain Capital on Friday sweetened its terms for a $1 billion buyout of Japanese nursing home company Nichiigakkan Co as it gained support from activist fund Effissimo Capital Management.

Tokyo shopkeepers brace for another slowdown as coronavirus flares

10 Jul 2020

TOKYO Two straight days of record novel coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital have dashed shopkeepers' hopes that business can get back to normal any time soon.

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