Suntory Beverage and Food Ltd (2587.T) managed a modest rise in its debut on Wednesday after a $4 billion IPO, as investors shrugged off volatile markets and rich valuations to buy up what may be Japan's last big corporate listing of 2013.
Suntory's offering, Asia's biggest IPO so far this year and aimed at building up a warchest for overseas acquisitions, is part of a surge in Japanese equity issuance as companies cash in on higher valuations from a rallying stock market.
The rally stalled in mid-May and the market has turned volatile but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflationary policies continue to support less high-profile equity issuance, with advertising firm Dentsu Inc (4324.T) announcing on Wednesday it would tap the market for $1.2 billion in a secondary offering to pay down debt.
"I believe the market can digest more share offerings easily," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Asset Management. "The market has regained confidence in the long-term upward trend in stock prices."
Suntory Beverage rose to 3,145 yen in its maiden session, up 1.5 percent from the IPO price of 3,100 and defying weak signals from the grey market, where it traded last week at 2,900 yen.
The spreading meat scandal in China prompted Japan Wednesday to tighten inspections of food imports as Chinese authorities detained five employees of a Shanghai supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken. (Japan Times)
The Japanese government assured South Korea on Wednesday that it will uphold an official apology over frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II that mainly recruited Asian women as prostitutes. (Kyodo)
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of 2014 hit a record high of 6.26 million thanks to the yen's weakness and increased international flights at Tokyo's Haneda airport, a government body said Wednesday. (Nikkei)
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday visited a temporary shopping center, opened after the March 2011 disaster, in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
A group of residents from a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to file for state arbitration so all villagers can be entitled to equal damages regardless of radiation levels of their areas. (NHK)
Inventor and performance artist Showta Mori has been getting a taste of internet fame recently for his videos featuring his quick-draw, arm-mounted iPhone sleeve gun, but that's far from his only creation or even his weirdest creation. (rocketnews24.com)
A 49-year-old man arrested Saturday on suspicion of confining an 11-year-old girl at his house here has told police he wanted to be with the girl forever, according to a source related to the investigation. (The Japan News)