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People attend a seminar on the NISA tax-free investment program last November.
Mar 21, 2024
Higher share prices lift Japan household assets to record at 2023 end
Japanese households had a record ¥2,141 trillion in assets at the end of 2023
An advertisement for the Nippon Individual Savings Account (NISA) at a Mizuho Bank branch, a unit of Mizuho Financial Group, in Tokyo on Jan. 31.
Feb 19, 2024
Turning the tide? Japan warms up to becoming an asset management hub.
The beefing-up of the NISA program alongside a new policy plan by the government shows its commitment toward getting households to invest.
An advertisement for the new Nippon Individual Savings Account in Tokyo in January
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2024
Revamp of tax-free investments in Japan spurs jump in accounts
The creation of the new savings accounts is one of a slew of measures to lure more buyers to the Japanese market.
The new Nippon Individual Savings Account program expands annual investment limits and extends the tax-exempt period from up to 20 years to an indefinite term.
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 1, 2024
Revamped NISA program launched to spur investment wave in Japan
The new Nippon Individual Savings Account program expands annual investment limits and extends the tax-exempt period from up to 20 years to an indefinite term.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2023
Japan renews efforts to push shift from savings to investments
The focus will be on whether the planned expansion of a tax-exempt investment program can inspire the largely conservative public to pivot away from bank deposits.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 16, 2022
Tax reform package takes on defense spending and individual investors
Ruling coalition approves proposal after debate over plan to hike taxes for a bolstered defense budget.
Japan Times
Sep 23, 2022
Kishida pitches permanent tax-free savings program at New York Stock Exchange
Kishida also said his new capitalism policies should be as powerful as Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani, as it could help the Japanese economy achieve 'growth and sustainability.'
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2019
The wisdom of stock index funds
Share price index-linked products are generally good long-term investment tools.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2018
Bad news around mutual funds does little to boost Japanese people's appetite for investment
On July 27, the Asahi Shimbun reported that the Bank of Japan had overestimated the value of mutual funds being held by individuals by about 30 percent. Every three months the BOJ publishes statistics called shikin junkan tōkei that cover the financial assets of households and businesses, and as of December 2017 the value of mutual funds held by households was estimated to be ¥109 trillion. However, in the report that came out in June, this number had dropped to ¥76 trillion, a difference of ¥33 trillion. That's a pretty big discrepancy.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 18, 2016
Government may tweak popular tax-free savings program to allow longer-term investments
The government is considering expanding the small-lot NISA investment program by introducing a longer-term tax break, sources said Thursday.
BUSINESS / Economy
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 26, 2014
Younger Japanese staying away from stocks despite NISA tax lure
History is working against the Abe administration as it seeks to convince a new generation of investors that equities are the best bet for funding retirement.
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 22, 2014
FSA looks to bolster unpopular NISA accounts with children's version
The Financial Services Agency plans to expand its small-lot, temporarily tax-free NISA accounts to let people open them in the names of their children and grandchildren, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
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.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
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 to open NISA investment accounts. In contrast to the excitement in the financial industry, however, the scheme is struggling to bring in new clients.
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.
Japan Times
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 assets via small-scale investments.
Japan Times
Mar 9, 2013
NRA gets strict, must prove credibility
Japan's nuclear regulator has had a major revamp in the two years since lax safety standards contributed to the catastrophic nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, discrediting it in the eyes of the public.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?