A Trojan Horse In Europe?

Japan's top computer firm buys a Continental foothold

For years IBM's competitors have been doggedly pushing to break the lock the American giant holds on the global market for computers. Still, Big Blue controls more than 35% of the worldwide business, far more than any of its rivals. But last week Japan's leading computer firm, Fujitsu, moved somewhat closer to realizing the goal when it agreed to pay $1.3 billion for an 80% stake in International Computers Limited, Britain's leading computer manufacturer. The deal, which must still be approved by the British government, is Japan's largest acquisition in the computer industry, and will give the combined firm almost 6%...