The sun rises on Japan’s vibrant hedge fund shore
Thu Nov 3, 2011
Japanese institutional investors look to set a new pace in Asia as local hedge funds carve out unique opportunities
By Susan Barreto
The Land of the Rising Sun seems also to be the land of rising hedge fund interest. Investor capital flows into Japan will be determined, however, by performance, promise and the potential of managers and strategies within the region and globally.
Japan’s names of Nippon and Nihon literally mean “the sun’s origin” and also refer to the country’s eastward position from China. And so despite all the interest in China’s rising star, many managers and investors seem to be revisiting their previous views on Japan despite the country’s continuing challenges. Just this year an earthquake, a tsunami and the subsequent nuclear meltdown have all had an impact.
Individual statistics are not easy to come by on Japan’s own top investors, but there seems to be an optimistic consensus in industry surveys and among hedge fund marketers that local insurance companies, pension...
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