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Asahi Kasei to acquire Swedish drugmaker Calliditas

This post is also available in: JapaneseAsahi Kasei has made a cash offer to acquire Sweden’s Calliditas Therapeutics in a deal worth 11.16 billion Swedish crowns ($1.06 billion). Calliditas has full FDA approval for its primary immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) treatment Tarpeyo and is listed on Nasdaq in New York and Stockholm. Asahi Kasei already…

Top 30 Japanese companies in EMEA – not much growth in 2023

This post is also available in: JapaneseWe have finalised the Top 30 rankings for the largest Japanese employers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (free download below). As before,  the extent to which Japanese companies take the UN Sustainable Development Goals pretty seriously has had a noticeably positive effect on disclosure of data…

Selling off the tiger cubs

This post is also available in: JapaneseSomething that we’ve been noticing for a while is that Japanese trading companies (sogo shosha) have been divesting long held assets, particularly in Japan and in the UK. These assets are known as toranoko or tiger cubs, meaning a treasure in Japanese. It seems the sogo shosha are no…

MUFG Bank to invest in Hitachi’s UK based EV bus business

This post is also available in: JapaneseHitachi set up two companies in the UK in 2023 – Hitachi ZeroCarbon Battery Holding and Hitachi ZeroCarbon Ltd – which lease storage batteries for EV buses. The company has expertise in the maintenance and management of storage batteries, and provides storage batteries on a flat-rate subscription basis. MUFG…

Hamamatsu to acquire Danish laser and photonic crystal fiber company NKT Photonics

This post is also available in: JapaneseJapanese optical device manufacturer Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has announced that the Danish Business Authority (DBA) has approved the sale of NKT Photonics to Belgium based Photonics Management Europe S.R.L., a 100% owned subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics. The DBA blocked the planned sale a year ago for security reasons and…

Yusen Logistics Benelux to acquire PartsExpress B.V.

This post is also available in: JapaneseNYK group company Yusen Logistics Benelux is to acquire Dutch autoparts delivery company PartsExpress B.V. PartsExpress has 127 employees with operations in the Netherlands and Belgium. This adds to other recent acquisitions in Europe by Yusen Logistics such as Global Freight Solutions. Yusen Logistics employs over 8,500 people in…

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