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Oct 1, 2013

Tokyo developer uncorks apartment building for wine lovers

TOKYO, Oct 1 (Reuters) – For those who have trouble finding
space for a large wine collection, a new apartment block in
Japan with an in-house cellar and a visiting sommelier could be
the perfect place to live.

The aptly named Wine Apartment in Tokyo’s posh Shibuya
district features a temperature- and humidity-controlled room in
the basement for 10,000 bottles. Each of the 18 units comes with
a wine fridge for 26 bottles and a rack for glasses.

Oct 1, 2013

SoftBank’s Son buys Tokyo Tiffany building for $326 million: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – The billionaire founder of tech and telecoms group SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bought Tokyo’s landmark Tiffany Building for 32 billion yen ($326 million) in one of the priciest property deals in recent years in Japan, underscoring the recovery in the real estate market.

Masayoshi Son, ranked Japan’s second-richest man by Forbes, outbid sovereign wealth funds and Japanese corporations for the 10-storey glass structure in Tokyo’s Ginza luxury shopping district, which was put on sale by Asia Pacific Land, people with direct knowledge of the transaction said.

Sep 19, 2013

Japan land prices fall at slowest pace in five years as deflation eases

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s land prices fell the least since the global financial crisis in the year to July 1, while commercial land in the three biggest cities rose in value for the first time in the same period, the latest signs that deflation is easing its stubborn grip on the country.

Land prices nationwide fell 1.9 percent, narrowing from the previous year’s 2.7 percent decline and the smallest drop since 2008, a government survey showed on Thursday.

Sep 13, 2013

KKR mulls teaming with Japan state fund on Panasonic unit stake: media

TOKYO (Reuters) – KKR & Co LP is considering teaming up with a state-backed Japanese investment fund to secure a stake in Panasonic Corp’s healthcare business, media reported, although people familiar with the matter said the U.S. firm has not approached the fund yet.

A purchase, which could be worth $1.5 billion, would mark the private-equity firm’s largest investment in a Japanese company. Last year KKR sought a controlling stake in chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp but lost out to a group led by the state-backed Innovation Network Corp of Japan.

Sep 9, 2013

As Japan property rebounds, investors court more risk, push out of Tokyo

FUKUOKA, Japan (Reuters) – A rebound in Japan’s real estate market over the past year is driving offshore investors and investment trusts to take on more risk by buying older office buildings built during the boom of the 1980s and properties far from Tokyo’s prime commercial districts.

The result has been a marked increase in deals in markets like Fukuoka, Japan’s seventh-largest city, where foreign investors have bought four office buildings and retail properties this year compared to only one deal in the previous two years.

Aug 13, 2013

Bain to sell majority stake in Domino’s Pizza Japan

TOKYO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – U.S. private equity firm Bain
Capital has agreed to sell a majority stake in the Japan
franchisee of Domino’s Pizza to Australia’s Domino’s Pizza
Enterprises Ltd for 12 billion yen ($124 million).

Bain, one of the largest private equity firms operating in
Japan, will keep a 25 percent stake in Domino’s Pizza Japan,
believing in its growth potential, David Gross-Loh, a managing
director at Bain Capital Partners LLC told Reuters in an

Aug 6, 2013

Hank Greenberg, Abu Dhabi fund, others to buy Tokyo building for $1 bln -sources

TOKYO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A group including former U.S.
insurance magnate Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and an Abu Dhabi
sovereign fund have agreed to buy a prominent Tokyo office
building for $1 billion, the biggest property deal in Japan
since February, people with direct knowledge of the transaction

The decision by the foreign and Japanese investors to
acquire the ageing but distinctive structure in central Tokyo
highlights expectations that real estate values will revive as
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pro-growth economic policies boost
investor sentiment and risk appetite.

Jun 28, 2013

Private equity firm TPG interested in investing in Seibu-sources

TOKYO, June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. private equity firm TPG is
interested in investing in Japan’s Seibu Holdings by either
buying a stake from top shareholder Cerberus Capital Management
or by acquiring new shares, people with knowledge of
the matter said.

TPG sees potential value in Seibu’s businesses, which
include its Prince Hotel chain in Japan, and held initial talks
with Seibu management earlier this year, according to the
sources, who asked not to be named.

Jun 25, 2013

Cerberus fails in Seibu shakeup, decries foreigner snub

TOKYO, June 25 (Reuters) – Cerberus Capital Management LP
failed in its push for a management shakeup at Japan’s
Seibu Holdings on Tuesday, prompting the U.S. private equity
giant to hit out at the conglomerate for snubbing foreign

Shareholders voted down Cerberus’s bold bid to secure 9 of
15 seats on Seibu’s board, the latest in a raft public spats at
the embattled property and railways firm which is poised to
relist on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Jun 24, 2013

Japan’s Seibu and Cerberus in boardroom showdown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management LP CBS.UL and Japan’s Seibu Holdings will square off in a shareholder vote on Tuesday over the U.S. firm’s drive to shake up the board and win more influence.

The standoff between Cerberus and Seibu has been seen by some investors as a test of Japan’s receptivity to foreign capital as popular Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises to deregulate the economy to stoke growth.