Defying last year’s calamity and a stubbornly weak economy, the collective wealth of Japan’s 40 richest has risen 13%, to $93 billion, since FORBES ASIA last published its Japan list in January 2010. (We skipped the 2011 report following the Tohoku Pacific earthquake.) Part of the gains, measured in dollars, is attributable to the yen’s 11% gain against the U.S. currency in the period. But 18 of the list’s 22 expanded fortunes have grown in yen terms.

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