Monthly Archives: December 2016

Japan to ignore UN, opt for sunny side up pensions accounting

According to an excellent report in today’s Financial Times “data limitations” will prevent Japan from adopting new UN national accounting rules on the acknowledgement of public pension liabilities while continuing to show the assets held against such commitments — giving … Continue reading

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Public pensions mandates in issue hit all-time highs

The number of mandates from Japanese public pension funds held by Tokyo asset managers rose by 18 (or 3.7%) in the second quarter of the financial year, which ended on 30 September 2016, to hit over 500 for the first … Continue reading

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Foreign assets heading for 30% of life companies’ portfolios

Foreign securities held by member firms of the Life Insurance Association of Japan (LIAJ) accounted for 21.7% of their combined 360,196 billion yen of investment assets at end of the first half of the financial year on 30 September –despite … Continue reading

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Government Pension Investment Fund regains ground in Q2

The local and foreign stock markets whose performance eroded the Government Pension Investment Fund’s assets in the first quarter of the 2016/17 financial year did much to restore its fortunes in the second quarter ending on 30 September. The only … Continue reading

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Annual ranking shows extent of pension funds’ lacklustre year

Finance and pharmaceutical companies dominate the top 20 defined-benefit Japanese pension funds measured by assets, according to the latest annual ranking from Nenkin Joho using information provided in funds’ returned questionnaires. Based on 31 March 2016 numbers, the league table … Continue reading

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