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Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts

Feb 22, 2015

Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts

Many stock investors collect dividends. Hiroto Kiritani, however, collects melons. And ramen noodles, McDonald’s hamburgers, the clothes on his back, anything, really, that Japanese companies send him, gratis, just for owning their stock. Kiritani, 65, is a big-time player in an obscure corner of ...

94% plunge shows 'Abenomics' is losing global investors

Dec 29, 2014

94% plunge shows 'Abenomics' is losing global investors

Foreign investors have had just about enough of “Abenomics.” After pumping record amounts of cash into Japanese shares last year, they’ve hardly added to holdings in 2014. Inflows are down 94 percent this year to ¥898 billion, on pace for the smallest annual amount ...

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 ...

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 ...