Japan Post Insurance announces the creation of the new division for alternative investment


Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Japan Post Insurance, known as Kampo Life (total assets : approx. 800 billion USD), announced its new formation of alternative investment divisions yesterday.

Preceding its sister company, Japan Post Bank has already introduced a new formation of real estate investment division in February, and in regards to both decisions, direction of Japan’s biggest insurer to step out for alternative investment is becoming clear.

Assuming that Japan Post Insurance will follow similar strategies like Japan Post Bank, its alternative investment may include real estate, infrastructure, private equity, hedge funds, and related debts in global markets.

Besides, the BOJ’s negative interest rate policy is pressuring more and more Japanese financial institutions to start new investment in alternative assets for overseas markets.

This announcement of Japan Post Insurance starting alternative investment will have a crucial influence on other Japanese insurance companies and financial institutions. It signifies 2016 as the pivotal year for Japanese institutional investors – beginning of their real estate and alternative investments.


Written by : Yukihiko Ito (, Yokaze Ito (


45+ institutional Japanese investors will attend at our US real estate investment seminar on October 4th in Tokyo

On Oct. 4th, 2016, the private seminar will be held in Tokyo for Japanese institutional investors, focusing on FIRPTA and outbound investment to US real estate.

More than 45 Japanese institutional investors have already registered for our seminar. Participants include public pensions, corporate pensions, banks, insurance companies, FoFs, and REIT managers. Also, we have received several requests for 2nd seminars about US real estate investment by Japanese investors, who cannot attend or on the waiting list.

For this upcoming seminar, Asterisk is partnering with PwC, Greenberg Traurig and a major US real estate fund manager. These listed professional firms will provide valuable insight into US real estate investment, FIRPTA Law, and recent changes in Japanese laws, regulations, and outbound real estate investment structures (direct/fund).

Asterisk aims to host series of private seminars about the global investment that offers valuable insights into real estate/asset market, as well as provide the different angles of taxation, legal and macro economy.

We are actively looking for specialists and fund managers to partner with Asterisk to provide the local insight for following seminars.

Asterisk’s upcoming seminars:

For Japanese institutional investors

  • ASEAN real estate – “Diversification vs Concentration in growing markets” and “Real Estate, asset to secure value and bless with ASEAN growth”
  • UK/EU real estate – “The momentum & opportunities in post-Brexit”
  • Australia real estate – “Long-term investment in Australia, the country with contrasting characteristics to the Japanese economy”
  • Outbound investment to global hospitality asset & industry – “Exporting Japanese capital and management technologies to global hospitality markets”
  • Geopolitics in global real estate & infrastructure investment – “Meaning of long-term investment outside Japan”

For Japanese developers, real estate companies, and government authorities

  • Developing luxury hotel & residence with international luxury hotel brand in Japan – “The new concept with huge potential in Japan market” (2016 November)

If you are interested in any styles of our seminars, please feel free to contact us for further information.


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