Table: Eastward Ho!

A number of U.S. investment firms have joined Ripplewood in trying to profit from Japan's troubles

GE CAPITAL

13 deals, spanning consumer finance, credit cards, and leasing, valued at $35 billion. Steers clear of banks and may be more selective

going forward.

W.L. ROSS & CO.

Launched a $2 billion New York-based fund that has sunk $600 million into Japan, including stakes in regional Kofuku Bank and auto parts firm Nikko Electric.

APOLLO REAL ESTATE ADVISORS

New York outfit has pumped $200 million into 15 Japanese office buildings.

MERRILL LYNCH

Picked up failed Yamaichi Securities in 1998. The brokerage has racked up huge losses and may be shut down as part of Merrill's global restructuring.

Data: BusinessWeek

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