Yoshiaki Nohara

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Pension clones with $500 billion await GPIF's asset switch

Aug 5, 2014

Pension clones with $500 billion await GPIF's asset switch

Where the world’s biggest pension fund goes, half a trillion dollars is set to follow. Three retirement managers for Japanese civil servants and private school teachers with ¥30.4 trillion ($296 billion) will mimic the asset allocation changes being planned by the ¥126.6 trillion Government ...

Jul 11, 2014

Tax-free NISA working poorly, Sawakami says

Japan’s tax-free investing program is failing to draw new stock buyers as the benefits expire too soon and young people fail to see its advantages, said the founder of the Sawakami Fund. The Nippon Individual Savings Account program is being overlooked because its exemption ...

Dealers hedge their bets on Abe's casino plan

Jun 30, 2014

Dealers hedge their bets on Abe's casino plan

For trainee dealer Taichi Yahagi, the odds of making a better living turning cards at a baccarat table in Tokyo are looking up. The 41-year-old tutor paid about $5,000 for a three-month course at the Japan Casino School, betting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ...

Tax-free NISA luring individual investors

Apr 11, 2014

Tax-free NISA luring individual investors

A spring downpour last week wasn’t enough to stop Norito Nagahama from heading to a central-Tokyo brokerage to study up on Japanese stocks. “I’m here because I need to learn about investment,” said Nagahama, 39. “You get little out of bank savings.” The biggest ...