Mar 12, 2015

NISA investments swell but still not on pace to reach target

Savers held ¥3 trillion in Japan’s temporarily tax-free investment accounts at the end of the program’s first year, the Financial Services Agency said in a statement on its website. That total at the end of December was up from ¥1.6 trillion at the end ...

Jul 30, 2014

NISA accounts estimated to reach 8.15 million by year-end

The number of tax-sheltering Nippon Individual Savings Accounts (NISA), including applications, is expected to reach 8.15 million by the end of 2014, the Nomura Research Institute said in a recent survey. There were 6.5 million NISA accounts at the end of March 2014, according ...

Jul 11, 2014

Tax-free NISA working poorly, Sawakami says

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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

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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 ...

Mar 24, 2014

More firms than ever giving perks to shareholders

Listed Japanese companies with shareholder perks hit an all-time high of 1,113 at the end of February, up 31 from five months ago, Nomura Investor Relations Inc. reported. The shareholder-friendly companies accounted for 29.5 percent of all listed firms, also a record high, the ...

Feb 9, 2014

NISA brokers get off to brisk start

Demand for the Nippon Individual Savings Account, Japan’s version of a British savings account program, has grown steadily since it was launched in early January. More than 4.75 million of the temporarily tax-exempt accounts have been set up since the program was launched on ...

NISA a hit with old investors, not new

| Jan 26, 2014

NISA a hit with old investors, not new

NISA, short for Nippon Individual Savings Account, in which individual investors will be eligible for tax exemptions of up to five years on their financial gains, has begun this month. Banks and securities houses are rushing to promote sales campaigns to encourage individual investors ...

Oct 29, 2013

New investment opportunity

Japan will introduce tax-free, individual investment accounts in January to entice more younger people to consider better ways of growing their capital than through savings accounts.

Tax-free account seeks to spur investment

| Oct 15, 2013

Tax-free account seeks to spur investment


Starting in January, individuals who invest in stocks and investment trusts in a Nippon Individual Savings Account will be eligible for tax exemptions of up to five years on their financial gains. The new instrument is aimed at getting people used to accumulating financial ...

Jun 6, 2013

Few aware of new tax breaks

Only 14.7 percent of Japanese are aware of new tax incentives for small investments to be introduced next January, a survey revealed Tuesday. In mid-April, FIL Investments (Japan) Ltd. asked some 10,000 public servants and company employees nationwide through an online questionnaire about the ...