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Yuji Kimura founded Polaris in 2004 and has been the chairman of its Investment Committee ever since. Polaris, a leading buyout firm in Japan, mainly focuses on investments in Japanese mid-cap companies which are associated with business successions and carve-outs from conglomerates, and has achieved an excellent track record during the 14 years since its inception. Prior to founding Polaris, he was the head of Private Equity Department of Mizuho Securities, where he managed and successfully generated high performance on a number of private equity investments. Prior to joining Mizuho Securities, he worked for 16 years in corporate banking and investment banking divisions at The Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (IBJ). He received a BA in International Relations from the University of Tokyo, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.