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Hedge funds watched closely by Japanese investors

Japanese investors are monitoring the hedge fund market with renewed vigour, according to a number of industry spokesmen.

Panellists at this year's Terrapinn Investor Asset Allocation Japan conference in Tokyo came together on the view that Japanese pension funds are tending to look towards alternative investment vehicles such as hedge funds with greater focus, reports Global Investor.

The interest in hedge funds has not always been typical of Japanese investors according to Masakazu Arikawa, head of Mcube Investment Solution and he said that while there had been a slower tendency with some investment trends it was necessary now to understand the hedge funds market in particular.

Daisuke Hamaguchi, director of pension investment at the Pension Fund Association in Japan, said that the country's slow uptake on such matters might not be seen as a negative.

He said: "We might be last in and last out, but it's true of everything [in Japan]. We have to have a good critical understanding of things."

Stanley Howard, president of Investor Select Advisors, said that Japanese investors are well placed in the hedge fund market with opportunities growing as more domestic managers would come to the fore.