Carlyle Adds Japan Pros

Masao Hirano has agreed to join The Carlyle Group as co-head of its Japan buyout team, effective November 1. He is currently a director with McKinsey & Co., and will be partnered with existing Japan co-head Tamotsu Adachi. In related news, Carlyle said that Takeshi Isayama will become chairman of Carlyle Japan, effective October 1. He has served as vice chairman of Nissan Motors since retiring from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.