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  • ESG investment spreads; GRESB participating companies increases 10.12.2017

    Interest in ESG investment that makes judgements based on environmental, social and governance considerations is increasing. In conjunction with this, there has also been an increase in the number of companies participating in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), which evaluates the initiatives of real estate players for ESG investment. >>

  • UBS forms hotel-focused Japan investment fund 09.14.2017

    UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM), the asset management arm of major Swiss bank UBS, will form an investment fund focused on Japan’s hotel market. It announced this on September 12. The total amount of investment, combining borrowings and $400 million in equity, is expected to exceed 100 billion yen [$890 million].>>

  • MLIT to hold briefing session on the revised Futoku-ho 09.08.2017

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will hold a briefing session on the revision of the Act on Specified Joint Real Estate Ventures (Futoku-ho) in ten cities across Japan. The briefing session for Kanto region will be held on October 19 and the deadline for application is October 10. The session in Osaka City will be held on October 30 and the deadline for application will be October 20. Other details are available on the MLIT website in Japanese.>>

  • AXA IM to move APAC HQ from Singapore to Tokyo 09.08.2017

    AXA IM - Real Assets, the real estate investment arm of major French insurance company AXA, will integrate its Asia Pacific hub, until now located in Singapore, into its Tokyo office. This appears to be in response to the growing demand in Japan to invest in real estate overseas. AXA IM - Real Assets has 40 staff across Asia and manages 3.9 billion euros [$4.4 billion] in assets.>>

  • Blackstone appoints Kuki from JPMorgan as chairman of Japanese entity 08.31.2017

    Katsuyuki Kuki will assume the newly established position of Chairman at Blackstone Group Japan, the Japanese entity of U.S. Blackstone Group. Kuki has worked in the investment banking field for a long time and most recently served as chairman of the banking division at JPMorgan Securities. In Japan, public sector pension funds started conducting alternative investments and overseas M&As by private companies are also becoming active. It seems that Blackstone aims to enhance its system by inviting veterans in response to the movements in the Japanese market that are becoming more important. >>

  • Kenzo Capital establishes first Japan-focused fund in Germany 08.31.2017

    Chiyoda-ku based Kenzo Capital established a residential fund based on the local investment trust law in Germany. It is said to be the first fund in Germany specializing in Japanese real estate. The fund already obtained 45 million euros [$53 million] from two anonymous investors. It acquired four rental apartments in Tokyo at the end of July as its initial assets. The new “Kenzo Japan Residential Fund” was established as a fund for professional investors.>>

  • LC Holdings aims to list REIT specialized in retail stores and hospitals 08.23.2017

    LC Holdings will establish tentatively named Poly Plus REIT in early September. It will be a REIT that invests in retail facilities and hospitals as real estate and is aimed to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. LC Holdings is a holding company with companies such as LogiCom, which is a subleasing and property management company based in Higashi-Yamato City, Tokyo, LC Lending, which is a Minato-ku based company engaged in crowdfunding, and LC Partners, which is a Minato-ku based company managing real estate funds, under its umbrella. LC Holdings concluded a partnership with daVinci Holdings (currently DA Holdings) in March 2016.>>

  • Mitsubishi Estate’s logistics REIT to be listed on September 14 08.08.2017

    Mitsubishi Estate Logistics REIT will be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on September 14. It will be a REIT that invests mainly in logistics facilities, and will be the second listed REIT sponsored by the Mitsubishi Estate group, the first being office REIT Japan Real Estate (JRE). Mitsubishi Jisho Investment Advisors of Chiyoda-ku will be the asset manager for the REIT.>>

  • Blackstone gains agreement for acquisition of Australian REIT Astro 08.04.2017

    Australia-based Astro Japan Property Group agreed to accept the acquisition proposal from U.S. fund Blackstone Group on August 1. The acquisition price is approximately 37.9 billion yen [$340 million]. The substantive acquisition price considering borrowings is equivalent to approximately 98.6 billion yen [$870 million].>>

  • Sekisui House suffers Y6.3bn fraud damages in Tokyo land transaction 08.03.2017

    On August 2, Sekisui House revealed that its acquisition funds were subject to swindle upon purchasing land for for-sale condominiums within Tokyo. The financial damage reached 6.3 billion yen [$56 million], and they are currently pursuing both civil and criminal actions.>>


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