Monthly Archives: August 2014

Life cos’ foreign assets up 12%, long-awaited exodus begins

The foreign securities holdings of Japan’s 43 life insurance companies were up 12.35% year-on-year at 30 June when they reached 63,822 billion yen while total invested assets rose 2.40% to 345,751bn yen, according to figures just published by the Life … Continue reading

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Japan Post Insurance adds 279.5bn yen in foreign securities

Japan Post Insurance closed its financial year on 31 March with foreign securities holdings up 22.55%, or 279.5 billion yen, on 12 months earlier to total 1,519 billion yen. Commenting to the Nikkei a Japan Post official said that the … Continue reading

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Nikkei continues relentless flogging of GPIF+Mutual Aids horse

The Nikkei reported yesterday that combined demand for stocks from the Government Pension Investment Fund, the Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations, the Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials and the Promotion & Mutual Aid Corporation … Continue reading

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Big three mutual aid associations ready to line up with GPIF

Whatever the Government Pension Investment Fund’s new asset allocation turns out to be, two of Japan’s three giant Mutual Aid Associations have lined up the external management needed to emulate it — fuelling a fresh round of optimism on demand … Continue reading

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Markets move on GPIF reports nobody bothers to check

This week said a lot about the priorities of Japan’s stock and bond markets — and the role of its media. Monday saw the FT’s Ben McLannahan exposing the return of ‘Nikkei previews’, through which the Japanese daily, in effect, … Continue reading

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Does government have any real plan for GPIF, or anything else?

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s attempts to reshape the Government Pension Investment Fund experienced yet another lurch on Monday when LDP deputy policy chief Yasuhisa Shiozaki said that GPIF’s governance should be remodelled before changes are made to its portfolio … Continue reading

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Number of vacant homes hits record high at 8.2 million or 8.3%

Vacant homes reached 15.5% of the Japan’s total stock of residential flats and houses last year, according to he latest quinquennial survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry reported in the Yomiuri Shimbun. The 8.2 million empty homes – … Continue reading

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