Japan's Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings will help run Asia's first full-fledged market for digitized securities in Singapore, serving as a bridge for Japanese companies and investors to the blockchain-based trading platform.
Japan's government intends to exclude asset management companies, including hedge funds, from tighter foreign investment regulations designed to protect sensitive industries.
Japanese pension funds are showing a growing appetite for investing in real estate and corporate debt as they seek higher returns in alternative assets amid ultra-low yields.
Global markets have become so synchronized that money managers risk losing on every front, according to Hiromichi Mizuno, chief investment officer of the world's largest pension fund.
SoftBank Group Corp plans to use proceeds from its first Vision Fund to bankroll the $38 billion it has committed to the second, in a show of unflinching confidence in its huge tech bets commanding sky-high valuations when sold.
SoftBank announced a second Vision Fund, saying it has secured memoranda of understanding for about $108 billion from companies including Apple and Microsoft Corp. The second fund's investor base reflects a diversification beyond the Middle Eastern oil money.
Japan's SoftBank is gearing up for the launch of the sequel to its $100-billion Vision Fund as soon as this week, with existing major investors likely to be its biggest backers.
Japan lost its position as the world's second-biggest economy to China awhile ago. But it's beating out its Asian rival in one area at least: private equity.
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.
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?