Japan's Stocks Rout Provides Gift to Frustrated Shareholders

  • Buybacks and dividends seen reaching record levels for year
  • Critics of corporate malaise see trend as welcome sign

The Topix’s slide this year left shares trading at their cheapest relative to estimated earnings in about three and a half years.

Photographer: Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

The rout in Japanese stocks is, at least in one sense, lining the pockets of shareholders.

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