We present the third in our series of predictions for the Year of the Rooster. Today: will the Bank of Japan be forced to re-think its 10-year bond yield target?
The likes of Dai-ichi Life and Nippon Life are expanding their overseas investment allocations and expertise, at a time when it is harder than ever for them to match assets to liabilities.
The largest Asia-Pacific manager of funds intends to expand beyond its home country, Japan, via partnerships and new product launches.
The world's largest pension fund is conducting due diligence on environmental, social and governance indices and plans to expand its team by 10%, said president Norihiro Takahashi.
We explain why New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund won our Institutional Excellence Awards for ESG and overall governance, respectively.
We continue to reveal why AsianInvestor's Institutional Excellence Awards were handed out this year. Today: the winners in the market categories of Hong Kong and Japan.
The current indiscriminate hunt for yield could land some firms in hot water, as it has in the past, says Ian Brimecome, a senior executive at Tokio Marine.
Increased allocation from the country's asset owners should combine with new rules on fee disclosure to boost its exchange-traded fund market, which is already the largest in Asia.
Japan's pension giant is pushing to improve domestic standards of corporate governance through hosting forums and beefing up its monitoring of ESG activities.
Japanese investors need to carefully sift through a bumper crop of funds raising capital. Smaller gems may outperform.
Central bank buying has boosted the market for strategic-beta exchange-traded products, with Japan the out-and-out regional leader by assets under management, notes Morningstar
Kazuhiro Yamada, head of its Japan buyout group, talks about why Japanese companies are more willing to say goodbye to non-core units and how private equity can seize the opportunity.
An unhealthy focus on short-term results is a big problem for asset owners, argue investment professionals, including the CIO of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund.
Inflection Point Intelligence's Hedge Fund Programme is to launch in Singapore in October and Japan in November, after being set up in February last year in Hong Kong.
EY has analysed the tax treatment of domestic funds versus foreign products that may be marketed under the Asia Region Funds Passport, to see what progress needs to be made.
Negative rates have failed to spur domestic demand, and while institutions have been driven to invest more offshore, they now face other issues, says Mark Konyn of insurer AIA.
The Swiss fund firm is actively targeting Japanese banks and insurers for the first time and generally increasing its focus on that market, deputy Asia-Pacific head Jürg Fritschi tells AsianInvestor.
Doubts persist over Japan’s commitment to boardroom change, says fund house Hermes, but progress is being made, aided by the country's Government Pension Investment Fund.
Investors saw the latest round of stimulus in Japan as disappointing; it also highlights problems faced by other economies, says Paul Markham of UK fund house Newton.
The UK fund manager has hired its first institutional sales head in Tokyo and is looking to add another to his team, with a view to tapping growing local demand for foreign exposure.