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Japanese pension funds could invest $1.8b in global real estate

by Andrea Waitrovich

An increase in allocation to real estate by Japanese pension funds in line with international trends could mean an additional $1.8 billion entering global markets in the coming years, according to the latest research from CBRE.

CBRE expects Japanese interest in overseas real estate assets to increase on the back of ongoing economic recovery. Japanese investors are expected to increasingly diversify their investments both globally and across the Asia Pacific region.

Change is expected within Japan’s institutional sector, with the world’s largest pension fund, the Government Pension Investment Fund, anticipated to allocate up to 5 percent of its approximately $1.2 trillion worth of assets into alternative investments, including real estate. If GPIF allocates investments into foreign assets at similar levels as major U.S. pension funds, the pension fund’s total investments in overseas real estate in the coming years could reach $1.8 billion, or

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