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asia.nikkei.com March 12, 2019

Japan VC Funding Slips As Funds Brace For China Risk

Quarterly venture capital investment in Japan has fallen for the first time in more than three years as investors worry about the country's exposure to a slowing Chinese economy and other risks.
Read by 80% of LPs

the-japan-news.com February 28, 2019

VC Investment Becomes Corporate Fad In Japan

When Japan Airlines Co. last month announced it was opening a $70 million venture capital fund, it was natural for skeptics to wonder: What does an airline know about investing in startups?
Read by 35% of LPs

dealstreetasia.com February 24, 2019

Japanese Businesses Hitch A Ride On The Vc Bandwagon

VC investing has become a corporate fad in Japan, with the country's biggest cigarette maker, its largest travel agent and even the post office jumping on the bandwagon.
Read by 56% of LPs

cnbc.com August 02, 2018

Masayoshi Son Building Vision Fund Into Family

Masayoshi Son encouraged his investments to work together, including cutting favorable deals with each other to grow faster. Son also announced that the Vision Fund had achieved a whopping 60 percent return on investment in its first year.
Read by 62% of LPs

July 19, 2018

Positive Outlook On U.S., Japanese Credit Market Despite Headwinds | Aflac, Global CIO Eric Kirsch | Q&A, Part 1

Eric Kirsch is the executive vice president and global chief investment officer at Aflac, where he oversees the $100 billion-plus investment portfolio and investment teams based in New York and Tokyo. In part one of this interview, he discusses the nuances of leading the investment office at an insurance firm and an endowment; prepping for a turn in the U.S. credit cycle; how the new tax code positively impacts Aflac; and dealing with the fiscal and monetary headwinds in Japan.
Read by 74% of LPs

asia.nikkei.com May 09, 2018

Ride-Hailing Is Key Investment For SoftBank Fund

Japan's SoftBank Group is moving stakes it holds in ride-hailing companies including Uber Technologies, Singapore's Grab and China's Didi Chuxing into its Vision Fund, consolidating its control over these companies.
Read by 35% of LPs

business-standard.com April 25, 2018

SoftBank To Move Ride-Hailing Stakes Worth $20B To Vision Fund

Japan's SoftBank Group plans to shift more than $20 billion of its investments in top ride-hailing companies including Uber Technologies Inc, Ola, Grab and Didi Chuxing into its Saudi-backed Vision technology fund.
Read by 35% of LPs

asia.nikkei.com April 16, 2018

Blackstone To Embark On $4.6B Corporate Shopping Spree In Japan

U.S. investment fund Blackstone Group is set to spend about $4.66 billion on corporate acquisitions in Japan over the next three to five years. The investments are in response to big companies like Hitachi and Toshiba increasingly divesting their non-core businesses in pursuit of better corporate governance and growth.
Read by 50% of LPs

reuters.com April 03, 2018

Toshiba Won't Cancel $18B Chip Deal Unless Any Major Material Change

Toshiba was unable to complete the sale to a consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital by the agreed deadline as it was still waiting for approval from China's anti-monopoly regulator. Toshiba will not use the option of canceling the $18 billion sale of its memory chip unit unless there is any "major material change" in circumstances.
Read by 34% of LPs

bloomberg.com February 27, 2018

Why Japan Regulation Shakeup Is A Game Changer For Banks

Japan's financial supervisor is laying the groundwork for a regulatory overhaul that could lead to a shakeup in the nation's $10 trillion banking industry.
Read by 80% of LPs