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Impact Investing in Japan

Majory organizations engaging in impact investing in Japan

A growing number of organizations are engaging in impact investing in Japan.
Based on the 2019 survey results of annual survey conducted by the GSG-NAB Japan, the table below summarizes the key organizations engaging in impact investing in Japan *Note 1 .

Note 1 The survey was conducted from October to December 2019. 523 surveys were sent out and 52 responses were collected, with a response rate of 9.9%. Of those 52, a total of 16 were acknowledged as impact investing cases according to the criteria reviewed by the GSG-NAB Japan.

Type Name of organization Examples of impact investing
Governmental financial institutions Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Investments and loans to overseas microfinance business and other projects including JAPAN ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund
Management firms Asset Management One Co., Ltd. Japan Equity Impact Investing
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd. Japanese equity SRI fund
Kamakura Investment Management Co., Ltd. Publicly Offered Investment Trust “Yui 2101” which invests in listed or unlisted companies
Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd. Nomura ACI Advance Medical Impact Fund
Major banks Mizuho Bank, Ltd Social Impact Bond for the promotion of colon cancer screening in Hiroshima Prefecture, and Japan Impact Investment II Limited Partnership
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Social Impact Bond in Kobe City for prevention of severe diabetic nephropathy (“Kobe City SIB”)
Insurance companies The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited Investment in renewable energy, microfinance business in developing countries, extension of healthy life expectancy, employment creation, and startups which aim to solve social issues in the field of promoting a society with women’s empowerment, etc., and impact investment in listed companies, PE Fund, and SIB
Venture capital firms Shinsei Corporate Investment Limited Japan Impact Investment I Limited Partnership and Japan Impact Investment II Limited Partnership/td>
Digisearch and Advertising, Inc. Investment in Social Impact Bond for the promotion of colon cancer screening in Hachioji City, Angel Investment, and Share Fund
Foundations The Social Innovation and Investment Foundation Investment in SIBs (Kobe City, Hachioji City, Hiroshima Prefecture, etc.), healthcare tech startup with a social impact measurement system, impact investment intermediaries, direct investment in ADDress Co., Ltd., and investment in Japan Impact Investment II Limited Partnership
Sasakawa Peace Foundatio Investment in Blue Orchard Micro Finance Fund and Japan ASEAN Women Empowerment Fund
Organizations specializing in impact investing KIBOW Foundation Investment in enterprises operating social businesses through the KIBOW Shakai Toshi Fund
Plus Social Investment SIBs (Saijo City, Higashiomi City, and Toyonaka City)
Other organizations Hitachi Capital Corporation Green Bond
Nanto Lease Co., Ltd. Nanto Regional Vitality Creation Support Investment Limited Partnership

(Source) The Current State of Impact Investing in Japan 2019

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