Living on Hostile Ground

Tokyo-based Asuka Asset Management has learned how to survive in the world’s least hospitable hedge fund market.

Mamoru Taniya was never meant for the predictable life of a Japanese salaryman. As a Tokyo University graduate with a BA in law in 1987, he stunned family and friends by turning down job offers from major Japanese corporations in favor of a seat on Salomon Brothers’ Tokyo trading desk.

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