Japan's Tougher Rules on Foreign Investment Worrying Investors

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)--A private survey has found that nearly 90 pct of institutional investors are worried about possible negative effects of a Japanese law revision to tighten restrictions on foreign investment.

According to the survey, 86 pct of the responding institutional investors in Japan and abroad believe the revised foreign exchange and trade law could negatively affect foreign investment in Japanese stocks.

Enacted in November, the revised law requires foreign investors to notify the Japanese government before acquiring a stake of one pct or more in listed companies in national security-related fields such as weapons, nuclear energy and semiconductors.

The threshold is far lower than the current 10 pct. The revised law is expected to take effect around May next year.

Organizations including CFA Society Japan conducted the survey between Nov. 15 and 27, collecting answers from 115 institutional investors working for asset management companies, banks and life insurance businesses and others.

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