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.
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.