Japan presents tough environment for hedge funds seeking investment

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According to OECD estimates, Japanese pension funds had over $1 trillion in assets at the beginning of 2007. One research company has estimated that Japanese financial institutions increased their investment in hedge funds from 63% in 2006 to just under 70% in 2007. A Nikkei survey of major corporate pension funds found that 75% of respondents included alternative investments in their portfolios. Relative to other markets such as the US, the regulatory regime in Japan is quite favourable towa