Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund, the world's No. 1 manager of retirement savings, doesn't need to adjust its holdings to meet new asset allocation targets announced earlier this month, according to President Takahiro Mitani.
GPIF, which oversaw about 112 trillion yen ($1.15 trillion) at Dec. 31, won't be discussing further changes to its portfolio this year, Mitani said in an interview in Tokyo today. The fund said June 7 it is cutting its target allocation for Japanese government bonds to 60 percent from 67 percent, while the weight of foreign and local shares will rise to 12 percent each, from 9 percent and 11 percent respectively.
The GPIF, which didn't alter the structure of its holdings during the worst global financial crisis in 80 years or in response to Japan's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, is making changes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the central bank pledge to achieve 2 percent inflation in two years, which will erode the value of domestic bond holdings. The target allocations announced this month are close to what the fund already holds, Mitani said.
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The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)