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Japan firms look beyond family ties for leaders

Companies eschew tradition in search for talent in country's tight labour market

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Ask him if one of his sons will succeed him in his business, and 77-year-old Osamu Yoshida points you to the name of his company.

Otowa Electric, which specialises in lightning arresters and surge protection technology, is named after a waterfall near Kyoto's famous Kiyomizu Temple.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline Japan firms look beyond family ties for leaders. Subscribe