The Carlyle Japan Buyout team invests private equity in management buyouts, growth capital opportunities and strategic minority investments in Japan.

Carlyle Japan Partners

Launched in 2001 at ¥50 billion, this fund conducts leveraged buyout transactions in Japan in targeted industries.

Investment Industry Invested Status
Asahi Security Co., Ltd.

During the period of Carlyle's ownership, Asahi Security Co., Ltd. was a security service company whose businesses consisted of cash management outsourcing services and electronic security services.

Technology & Business Services Exited
Colin Medical Technology Corporation

During the period of Carlyle's ownership, Colin Medical Technology Corporation was one of the leading manufacturers of vital patient monitors and blood pressure monitors in Japan.

Healthcare Exited
Intelligence Ltd.

Publisher of job placement information.

Telecom & Media Exited
Intelligence, Ltd.

The Intelligence Group offers various products in wide-ranging combinations to meet specific human resource needs.

Telecom & Media Exited
Kito Corp.

Kito Corp. is a leading manufacturer of hoists and cranes, as well as other material handling equipment and system solutions.

Industrial Exited
NXP Semiconductor N.V.

NXP Semiconductor N.V. is a global leader in the design of embedded semiconductors for wireless, networking, automotive, consumer and industrial markets.

Technology & Business Services Exited
Qualicaps Group

Qualicaps Group is a manufacturer of hard capsules used in the pharmaceutical and the health and nutrition industries around the world.

Healthcare Exited
Rhythm Corporation

During the period of Carlyle's ownership, Rhythm Corporation was a leading Japanese manufacturer of critical safety products for automotive suspension and steering.

Transportation Exited

During the period of Carlyle's ownership, WILLCOM, Inc. was a Japanese provider of wireless data and voice services to corporate and individual customers.

Telecom & Media Exited
Carlyle Japan Partners II

Launched in 2006, this fund of ¥165.6 billion conducts leveraged buyout transactions in Japan in targeted industries.

Investment Industry Invested Status
AvanStrate Inc.

LCD glass substrate manufacturer.

Technology & Business Services Exited
Broadleaf Co., Ltd.

Broadleaf Co., Ltd. is a leading provider of B to B software package systems for the auto-aftermarket industry and the used auto parts marketplace.

Technology & Business Services Exited
Chimney Co., Ltd.

Chimney Co., Ltd. is a Japanese pub-restaurant operator, with more than 500 stores primarily in the greater Tokyo area.

Consumer & Retail Exited
CoorsTek KK (formerly Covalent Materials Corporation)

CoorsTek KK (formerly Covalent Materials Corporation) is a manufacturer of advanced materials such as semiconductor-related ceramics products, FPD-related ceramics products and silicon wafers.

Technology & Business Services Exited
CxS Corporation

Leading Japanese provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions.


Industrial Exited
Simplex Inc.

One of the premier integrated software and system solution providers of core front-end dealing systems and middle-office risk management solutions to Japanese financial institutions.

Technology & Business Services Exited
Solasto Corporation

Solasto Corporation is provider of medical administration outsourcing and long-term care services in Japan.

Healthcare Exited
Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Ltd.

Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of precision balls, precision components and ventilators.

Industrial Exited
Walbro Co., Ltd.

Walbro Co., Ltd. is the world’s largest manufacturer of carburetors and a major manufacturer of ignition systems, fuel injection and air/fuel management components, and fuel storage and delivery components for engines targeted at outdoor power equipment, marine, recreational and two-wheel applications.

Industrial Current
Carlyle Japan Partners III

Launched in 2013 at ¥119.5 billion, this fund conducts leveraged buyout transactions in Japan in targeted industries.

Investment Industry Invested Status
ARUHI Corporation

ARUHI Corporation operates as a mortgage bank in Japan.

Financial Services Exited
Meisui Bijin Factory Co., Ltd.

Manufacturer of bean sprouts and mixed bean sprouts

Consumer & Retail Current
Money Square Holdings, Inc.

Money Square Holdings, Inc. is an investment solution provider for FX and Index asset class.

Financial Services, Technology & Business Services Current
Orion Breweries, Ltd.

Manufacturing beer products mainly sold in Okinawa market and running two hotel businesses in Okinawa.


Consumer & Retail Current
Oyatsu Company Limited

Oyatsu Company, Ltd., founded in 1948 and headquartered in Mie, the Company is the third largest savory snack manufacturer in Japan. Products under “Baby Star” brand (70% of total sales), which has over 50 years of history, are salty noodle snacks made from flour.

Consumer & Retail Current
Sankyo Rikagaku Co., Ltd.

Sankyo Rikagaku is the leading coated abrasive manufacturer with the largest market share in Japan.

Industrial Current

SENQCIA CORPORATION is a prominent designer, developer and manufacturer of building structural components, raised floor panels and industrial chains.


Industrial Current
Sunsho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Sunsho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. provides contract manufacturing services for pharmaceuticals and food products.

Healthcare Current
Tokiwa Corporation

Tokiwa Corporation is a leading cosmetics contract manufacturer ("CM") in Japan.


Consumer & Retail Current
WingArc1st Inc.

WingArc1st Inc. provides solutions to enterprise users through middleware, software, and maintenance support.

Technology & Business Services Current

Japan has the potential to be one of the most attractive markets for private equity investments. The Japanese economy, the third largest in the world, is home to some of the world’s most successful companies with leading technologies, skilled labor forces and highly educated management teams. Organized in 2000, the Japan Buyout team works closely with company management and private equity investors alike to uncover investment opportunities that have arisen out of the continued need for global business expansion and a sophisticated management platform for speedy decision making.

  • Japan Buyout Team: The team, all of whom are based in Tokyo, speak Japanese, understand Japanese business culture and provide support to portfolio companies.
  • Global Network: Complementing the insight of the Japan Buyout team is the global investment experience and industry knowledge that The Carlyle Group’s more than 500 investment professionals have developed over the past 24 years.
  • Pro-Management: The Japan Buyout team works closely and cooperatively with existing company management throughout the process. In principle, incumbent management teams will continue to conduct and manage daily operations of portfolio companies under the new ownership structure. At the same time, the Carlyle team works closely with portfolio companies to support implementation of effective operational, financial, and marketing strategies.
  • Corporate Partnership: Carlyle is able to team with strategic investors in transactions, if we believe the partnership will add value to the portfolio companies.
  • Mid- to Long-Term Investor: Carlyle investment professionals devote a significant amount of their time to maximizing the portfolio company’s value on a mid-to long–term basis.
  • Consistent and Disciplined: A consistent and disciplined investment philosophy produces the highest consistent returns. The Japan Buyout team focuses on industries it knows best and seeks to structure its transactions with appropriate amounts of debt.
  • Value Creation Focus: In general, Carlyle invests in sound companies and businesses with potential for value creation, supports their business and leads them to the next stage.