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Insights

Supporting Change in Japanese Companies

The corporate environment has been transformed dramatically over the last 31 years. While the rules of competition have changed, many of Japanese companies have not made the necessary adjustments. However, it can also be said that the capabilities of Japanese companies are sometimes underestimated. This article explores how SuMi TRUST is supporting companies in their efforts to maximise their corporate value and promote better changes by identifying their issues and the drivers for change.
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News

Market Review for January 2022

TOPIX ended down on the previous month-end. The Japanese equity market declined along with the US equity market due to growing expectations of higher US interest rates. Concerns over the increase in domestic cases of COVID and geopolitical risks over Ukraine also weighed on the market.

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Insights

Japan Outlook in 2022

The emergence of the new variant Omicron poses new challenges to recovering economies, but what is the outlook for Japan in 2022? While rising energy prices and supply chain constraints continue to pose a risk, the normalisation of economic activities following a rapid uptake in vaccinations suggests an optimistic view towards economic recovery.
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Inflationary Pressures in Japan

Prices are rising worldwide due to normalization of economic activity, soaring commodity prices, and supply constraints caused by turmoil in the value chain. In Japan, there are signs of inflation as seen in the sharp rise in the domestic corporate goods price index. But inflationary pressures on goods and services at the consumer level have not risen as much.
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Press Release

Endorsement of the Financial Sector Commitment Letter

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd. (Representative Director and President: Yoshio Hishida; hereinafter “SuMi TRUST”) is pleased to announce that it has signed the Financial Sector Commitment Letter on Eliminating Commodity-Driven Deforestation announced at the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).

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News

Normalization After the State of Emergency

Japan's most recent State of Emergency was lifted at the end of September, and with Japan joining the ranks of highly vaccinated countries we expected that a path of economic normalisation lies ahead for the country. Some sectors will see particular growth with the normalisation of economic activity, and Japan is unlikely to see similar restrictions re-imposed.