Keyence is at the forefront of factory automation. For over 40 years, the company has developed customized sensors and measuring systems to enable customers worldwide to automate assembly lines, improve productivity and product quality, and ensure a safe working environment.
Portfolio Manager Tad Fujimura discusses the effects of the Russian war in Ukraine on Japanese companies, how the Fund is positioned, notable changes in the portfolio, and a few holdings he believes are trading at a discount with attractive growth prospects.
Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda discusses Japanese energy imports, inflation, interest rates, and valuations. He also talks about the effects on Japanese companies with regard to Russia and ongoing supply chain issues.
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 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.
Deep-rooted cultural traditions of hard work and perseverance have contributed to Japan’s high-quality products, superior manufacturing, and technological innovations, resulting in a durable global competitive advantage.
Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda discusses the new Prime Minister’s focus on growth, the effect of global supply chain issues and currency weakness on exporters, and how the Fund is currently positioned.
Many current catalysts drive our positive outlook on Japan: Pandemic-related restrictions have been easing, Kishidanomics is underway, and valuations look attractive.
Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda of the Hennessy Japan Fund shared his perspective on Japan’s market and economy. He discusses the weaker yen, how Japan's return on earnings could improve, valuations, and current opportunities among globally-oriented Japanese companies.
Portfolio Manager Tad Fujimura shares his thoughts on the new Prime Minister, the global supply chain issues, areas of opportunity for the Fund, notable changes in the portfolio, earnings growth, valuations, and the outlook for Japanese domestic companies.