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The Tinder for Aging Japanese CEOs Posts a 1,170% Stock Gain

  • Nihon M&A is benefiting from nation’s aging population
  • Company found a niche brokering deals for smaller firms
Morning commuters make their way to work in the central business district of Tokyo.
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
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When Masao Takeuchi signed away the company he’d spent 25 years building from scratch, one of his biggest feelings was relief.

Takeuchi quit a plush job at Hitachi Ltd. when he was 35 to start a firm that writes computer programs for Japan’s blue-chips. In the beginning he did everything from a second-hand desk in a tiny room, where he also slept. But years later, successful at 59, he watched as former colleagues readied for retirement, and wondered how he could ever do the same. He had no children, and none of his 90 or so staff had money to buy him out.