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Providing higher value-added investment trust products and services in response to changing times

“Changing tides....”

 Japan today has finally emerged from nearly 20 years of deflation, and seems poised to a new, more dynamic era. We are now facing an inflection point, once which we will look back upon a few years later and recognize as the time when the tides truly changed.

 In a deflationary environment, investors showed a natural preference for cash and deposits. In coming years, however, they will give asset management serious consideration, including the issue of how to protect assets from future inflation risks and how to manage assets in the medium and long term to meet their different lifestyles and financial needs.

 When viewed in such context, recent trends lend support to those who believe that slogans calling for a shift from savings to investment, something much-repeated over the years, are finally becoming reality. Here is some evidence of this movement. NISA (the Japanese version of Individual Saving Account) and other programs started to encourage medium and long-term investing by individuals. The industry is tackling the issue of asset management for the elderly, of how best to ensure that wealth can be smoothly passed down to the next generation. And fund wraps and other discretionary investment services offered under experts' advice are also in the spotlight once again.

 As the needs for asset management become more diverse and sophisticated in response to these social and economic changes, we are relentlessly focused on the timely provision of the information, to our clients, empowering them to make informed investment decisions. This includes information on the investment environment and tax and regulatory developments. We are also working to develop and manage a variety of investment trust products that add greater value, and to provide easy-to-understand performance reporting for fund products that clients have invested.

Hiroyuki Tanaka  President & CEO All of us at KOKUSAI Asset Management are committed to thinking from the perspective of our clients, and offering the best asset management solutions so that our clients can invest with confidence.

Hiroyuki Tanaka
President & CEO
KOKUSAI Asset Management Co., Ltd.