Dec 18, 2014

Next year's budget expected to hit record ¥98 trillion

The general account budget for fiscal 2015 is likely to reach a record high of about ¥98 trillion, exceeding the ¥95.9 trillion initial budget for this year, Finance Ministry sources said. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eager to shore up the flagging economy, policy ...

Nov 26, 2014

BOJ's assets hit record high in September on aggressive easing

The Bank of Japan said Wednesday its total assets stood at a record ¥277.10 trillion ($2.35 trillion) at the end of September, as the central bank continued its massive asset purchases from financial institutions to boost the economy. The assets, mainly Japanese government bonds, ...

Oct 20, 2014

GPIF to boost share allocation to about 25%, Nikkei reports

Japan’s $1.2 trillion retirement fund will increase its allocation target for shares to about 25 percent from 12 percent, the Nikkei newspaper reported without attribution. The Government Pension Investment Fund will also boost its holdings of foreign bonds and stocks to about a combined ...

'Bond king' Gross leaves Pimco

Sep 27, 2014

'Bond king' Gross leaves Pimco

Bill Gross, the bond market’s most renowned investor, quit Pimco for distant rival Janus Capital Group Inc. on Friday, the day before he was expected to be fired from the huge investment firm he co-founded more than 40 years ago. Gross, 70, had been ...

Aug 30, 2014

GPIF logs first profit in two quarters

The Government Pension Investment Fund posted a ¥2.224 trillion return on investment from April to June, logging its first profit in two quarters, officials of the mammoth entity reported. The results reflected solid showings from the fund’s stock investments at home and abroad, the ...

Aug 12, 2014

Mori Building sells debt to fund projects in run-up to Olympics

Mori Building Co. sold its longest bond ever as Japan’s biggest closely held developer plans ¥1 trillion ($9.8 billion) in projects in the decade that will include the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The company, whose Roppongi Hills complex houses Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Apple ...

Aug 6, 2014

Governance fix needed at GPIF before asset change, Shiozaki says

As the world’s biggest pension manager moves closer to putting more money in risky assets, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s deputy policy chief says the fund needs to change its governance first. Japan should submit a bill in the next Diet session to overhaul ...

Jul 10, 2014

Approaching reactor restarts encourage utilities to sell bonds

The Nuclear Regulation Authority is moving toward the first reactor restart under its new safety requirements since the Fukushima disaster started, giving impetus to bond sales by utilities as borrowing costs plunge. The regulator may submit a safety report on two reactors at Kyushu ...

May 1, 2014

Softbank plans to reload with ¥300 billion bond sale

Softbank Corp., the wireless carrier run by billionaire Masayoshi Son, will raise ¥300 billion ($2.9 billion) in a fresh bond issue to repay past debt, boost liquidity and make investments. Softbank will offer five-year notes to individual investors, it said in a filing Thursday ...