Nippon Life Insurance is set to acquire Nichii Holdings, the holding company of nursing care provider Nichiigakkan, in a deal valued at approximately JPY210 billion (US$1.41 billion).
This move by Nippon Life, as announced by a company spokesperson, comes in response to Japan's rapidly aging population.
A report from Reuters revealed that Nippon Life has entered into an agreement to purchase a 99.6% stake in Nichii Holdings. This acquisition will involve buying out shares from a fund associated with Bain Capital, along with other stakeholders.
The transaction reflects Nippon Life's strategic decision to expand its presence in the healthcare sector, particularly in nursing care services, which are increasingly in demand due to demographic shifts in Japan.
Currently, the completion of this acquisition is subject to regulatory approval. Nippon Life is actively engaging with regulatory authorities to secure the necessary permissions to finalise the deal. This acquisition, once approved, would mark a significant expansion of Nippon Life's portfolio into healthcare services, aligning with the broader industry trend of diversification in response to Japan's aging demographic.
Elsewhere in the country, Itochu, a Japanese trading company, has recently announced its consideration of an investment in Bigmotor following the car dealer’s high-profile insurance fraud scandal.
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