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China firms take aim at Japan, big deal looms

TOKYO A movie released in Japan last year created a buzz with the seemingly implausible tale of a China-backed investment fund launching a hostile bid for a major Japanese car maker.

Japan retail flocks to emerging market funds

TOKYO Japan's ultra-low interest rates and concerns about its aging society are prompting retail investors to take more exposure in foreign products, especially in emerging markets, to secure wealth post retirement.

Japan political stability in focus for investors

TOKYO A corporate tax cut and other policy proposals by Prime Minister Naoto Kan are a step in the right direction but an upcoming election raises concerns if Japan's leadership will be stable enough to implement them, fund managers said.


Daiwa to double Asian coverage in 2 years

TOKYO Daiwa Securities Group , Japan's second-largest brokerage, said it plans to double the number of analysts it has covering Asian stocks to more than 100 in the next two years as it pursues expansion in the region.


SMFG eyes Asia retail banking via tie-up

TOKYO Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group will consider launching retail banking operations in China, Thailand and India through tie-ups with local partners as it seeks to expand in Asia, its president said.

CITIC aims to raise $340 million for Japan

TOKYO CITIC Capital Partners, the flagship investment arm of CITIC Group, China's No.1 financial conglomerate, said it aims to raise as much as 30 billion yen ($340 million) for its second fund targeting Japan.


Japan public pension wants one fund

TOKYO The head of Japan's public pension fund on Tuesday rejected a proposal to split the $1.37 trillion fund in two in an attempt to achieve higher returns, saying such a move would be inappropriate and inefficient.


Western Asset: 10-year JGB yield may slide

TOKYO Japan's benchmark 10-year bond yield could sink below 1 percent toward record lows if the country doubled its sales tax to help rein in massive public debt, the head of Western Asset Management's Japan unit said on Monday.


Nomura Asset eyes increasing toushin investment

TOKYO Japanese retail investors look set to continue their love affair with investment trust funds, which may eventually account for 10 percent of their assets, more than double current levels, Nomura Asset Management said on Tuesday.


Japan bullion firm Tanaka: ETFs no threat

TOKYO Japan's largest bullion house, Tanaka Kikinzoku, said on Tuesday that its business has not been dented by the launch of precious metals exchange-traded funds as these target different investors from its customers.

Mori Bldg:aims to raise $560 million this year

TOKYO Mori Building Co, Japan's biggest unlisted property developer, plans to raise some $560 million this financial year by selling properties and seeking investors, a senior executive said on Tuesday.


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