There was a dramatic decrease in the number of acquisition deals closed by UK companies in 2013, compared with 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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Formerly the largest Asian recipient of Japanese FDI, China has fallen out of favour with Japan-based companies in the past year.
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