Japan-focused private equity is enjoying a boom in both deal value and fundraising, but higher prices being paid for assets will put pressure on future returns.
Investors from the country, particularly its regional banks, look set to maintain a strong buying spree into foreign bonds in an effort to bolster their returns.
Japan's huge state pension fund is expected to issue new smart-beta mandates later this year, as part of its evolving global asset allocation.
While the Japanese pension fund's new governance structure is to be welcomed, say consultants, it could mean strategy implementation takes longer.
After strong AUM growth last year, the Japanese fund house has created the role of global head of operations to better coordinate this function across its international businesses.
Extraordinary policies designed to spark reflation and sustain recovery may finally be paying off in Japan, creating a compelling case for Japanese equities.
The region’s top 300 institutional investors registered a 3% rise in assets under management during 2016, according to our 15th consecutive annual survey.
Tokyo-based Taro Ogai takes over as Asia-Pacific head of investment consulting, while Jayne Bok assumes a broader role, as Willis Towers Watson continues its business revamp.
The world’s largest pension fund is recruiting fund managers as the next step in its slow shift into alternatives. But only Japan-registered firms can apply.
Two of Japan's huge life insurers plan to heavily boost their local and foreign corporate bond allocations. This will increase the risk and reduce the duration of their portfolios, says Moody's.
Daisuke Hamaguchi, CIO of the Pension Fund Association, wants to boost returns, but faces an immature domestic alternatives market and rising hedging costs.
The pension fund’s CIO, Daisuke Hamaguchi, says the Japanese stock market has ceased to function properly. His proposed solution: a tax incentive for selling cross-shareholdings.
AsianInvestor welcomed delegates from Japan's leading institutional investors to its annual Japan Investment Forum in Tokyo last week.
Representatives of Japan's biggest institutions were in attendance as AsianInvestor hosted its annual Japan Insitutional Investment Forum in Tokyo on March 15.
The CIO of the world’s largest pension fund, Hiromichi Mizuno, is pushing hard for more dialogue between investors and issuers in the hope of boosting returns for Japan's retirees.
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.