David Blecken
Nov 27, 2015

Patience and pragmatism key to success in Japanese-Western media partnerships

With deals between Japanese and Western companies in the media space having risen sharply in recent years, we look at the prospects for both sides and the difference in approach to acquiring.

Courting synergy: Nikkei’s circulation is six times FT's, but the latter is far ahead in digital

The scale of recent Japanese acquisitions of Western media properties and agencies has been matched only by the level of surprise among international observers. 

In the case of Nikkei’s July agreement to buy the FT Group from Pearson, the surprise was that it happened at all Compared to the other suitor, Germany’s Axel Springer, Nikkei was a rank outsider.

As for Dentsu’s acquisition of Aegis Group in 2013, initial shock, again...

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