When investing in Japanese businesses, we believe it is imperative to select a manager who is immersed in the culture and can perform in-depth, company-specific research to build a concentrated portfolio of Japanese companies that can outperform a benchmark and weather volatility.
As factory automation systems appear in factories throughout the world, Japanese companies are slated to be major beneficiaries - both as producers and users of robotics.
Japanese equities are currently trading at compelling valuation levels compared to other developed equity markets around the world and relative to their own historical averages. We believe the Japanese market deserves a closer look.
When looking at foreign countries that most commonly comprise foreign funds, Japan has performed well while continuing to offer compelling valuations.
The market showed strength and resilience in 2020, hitting all-time record highs in December. With promising vaccines, historically low interest rates, and strong fundamentals, there is optimism for equities in 2021.
Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda shares his insights on the Japanese economy and why it is faring relatively well with COVID-19. He provides his outlook for the coming year and explains why active stock picking will be important.
An increase in cycling enthusiasts and the COVID-19 pandemic have created a surge in demand for bicycles. With a long-established history of quality manufacturing, Shimano is well-positioned to benefit as the preferred part manufacturer for the global bicycle industry.
Masa Takeda of Tokyo-based SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd., subadvisor to the Hennessy Japan Fund, provides his thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 in Japan, Shinzo Abe’s resignation, Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of five Japanese stocks, the Fund’s success in 2020, and compelling investment themes and stock valuations.
Berkshire Hathaway’s recent acquisition of more than 5% in five of Japan’s most esteemed corporations—Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co., Sumitomo Corp., Itochu Corp., and Marubeni—has sent a resounding signal that Japan’s valuations are compelling, potentially bolstering investor sentiment about investing in Japan.
Masa Takeda and Tad Fujimura of Tokyo-based SPARX Asset Management Co., Ltd., subadvisor to the Hennessy Japan and Japan Small Cap Funds, summarize the economic impact of COVID-19 as well as the government’s response. They also discuss the economic impact of a 2021 Olympics and SPARX’s informational advantage.