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Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Jan 22, 2015

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Restoring industrial competitiveness is the key to fueling wage gains that the Abe government and the central bank are counting on to ensure inflation takes hold, according to labor minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. “We have to think about why wages haven’t risen,” Shiozaki said in ...

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Jan 8, 2015

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Bearish bets on Japanese stocks have surged to a record level because foreign investors are increasingly skeptical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will succeed in reviving the economy, according to financial services company Reorient Group Ltd. Short-selling of shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ...

Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF

Sep 1, 2014

Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF

The world’s largest retirement fund held back from plowing into Japanese equities last quarter, its investment results signaled, even as the market rebounded in anticipation of purchases. The value of the Government Pension Investment Fund’s Japanese stocks rose 5.4 percent in the April-June period ...

Jul 17, 2014

Man who named GPIF returns to fund, with new approach

The man who helped name the world’s biggest pension pool is back as one of its money managers, and says the fund’s new approach to buying stocks will rub off on other retirement investors. Under pressure to achieve higher returns, the ¥126.6 trillion Government ...

Firms woo female investors with goodies

Jun 3, 2014

Firms woo female investors with goodies

When Chiho Higo started teaching stock trading at a Tokyo night school in 2008, there were often no female attendees. Now there are 50. One mother said she bought shares in a toymaker instead of toys for her child. “If there was a woman, ...

May 7, 2014

Ex-pension fund overseer urges cut in Japan stocks

The government pension fund should cut domestic stocks to diversify risk, said Seki Obata, who was dropped from the organization’s investment committee last month. The ¥128.6 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund owns too many Japanese shares considering the size of the market relative to ...

Apr 22, 2014

GPIF shakes up investment panel with Abe picks

The government pension fund overhauled its investment committee, adding three members of a state panel that urged it to cut bonds, as the balance of power shifts at the world’s biggest manager of retirement savings. Yasuhiro Yonezawa, who sat on the group handpicked by ...

Key adviser: GPIF should sell ¥25 trillion in JGBs

Apr 18, 2014

Key adviser: GPIF should sell ¥25 trillion in JGBs

The world’s largest retirement fund should seek to sell ¥25 trillion in Japanese government bonds as soon as possible, said the head of a panel that advised the government on overhauling pension investments. The Government Pension Investment Fund should start shifting from local debt ...