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Press Release: AIMA Japan and Eurekahedge reveal 2015 survey results regarding Japanese investor insights in hedge funds and alternatives

JUNE 10, 2015

AIMA Japan and Eurekahedge reveal 2015 survey results regarding Japanese investor insights in hedge funds and alternatives

In April and May 2015, Eurekahedge in collaboration with AIMA, conducted a survey of Japanese investors to gauge important insights into market sentiment, investment trends and key regulatory changes facing the Asian asset management industry, with a particular emphasis on the outlook for Japan. 88 investors contributed their insights, with 52% hailing from asset management companies, 21% from hedge funds and fund of hedge funds, 15% from banks, with the remainder from insurance companies and pension funds.

Notable results from the survey showed that:

  • 72% of investors considered Abenomics a success in 2013 and 2014.
  • However, almost 90% believe that the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will fail to reach its inflation target of 2% by end-2015. 60% expect the BoJ will be forced to conduct an additional round of quantitative easing (QE).
  • In terms of regional allocation within alternative assets, Europe stood out as the top regional mandate among our respondents.
  • Better performance was listed as the main factor by 50% of investors in order for them to increase their allocations to hedge funds and alternatives.
  • In terms of key factors driving the Japanese economy for 2015 and beyond, almost 70% ranked structural reforms such as 'labour market reforms vis a vis immigration liberalisation' and 'increased female participation', along with 'higher union wages' as the most important factors.

A brief summary of the results of this survey is available in a slide presentation on the Eurekahedge Dashboard for AIMA's and Eurekahedge's subscribers and the survey participants only. For a full report of the results and analysis, please contact


About Eurekahedge

Launched by financial professionals in 2001, Eurekahedge’s proven track record spans over a decade - setting us apart as the world’s largest independent data provider and alternative research firm specialising in hedge fund databases covering Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. Eurekahedge is a subsidiary of Mizuho Bank, the second largest financial services group in Japan. Headquartered in Singapore with offices in New York and Cebu, the global expertise of our research team constantly adapts to industry changes and needs, allowing Eurekahedge to develop and offer a wide array of products and services. In addition to market-leading hedge fund databases and analysis, Eurekahedge’s other business functions include hedge fund publications, due diligence services, investor services, and an analytical platform service.

About AIMA Japan & AIMA

AIMA Japan is a Japanese Ippan Shadan Hojin operating independently in Japan under a local license agreement. The AIMA Japan national group was formed 2001. The AIMA Japan national group complements AIMA’s strong Asia-Pacific presence with other national groups established in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. The national group was formed in response to the strong growth in the alternative investment industry in Japan. AIMA Japan's corporate members include fund of hedge funds managers, hedge fund managers, prime brokers, fund administrators, auditors, lawyers and institutional investors. Details on how to join AIMA are available here. The objectives of the AIMA Japan national group are to: provide local representation of members located in Japan; provide a unified voice for the industry in Japan; increase investor education; increase transparency and promote due diligence and related sound practices; and work closely with regulators and interested parties in order to promote the responsible use of alternate investments.

As the global hedge fund association, the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) has over 1,400 corporate members (with over 7,000 individual contacts) worldwide, based in over 50 countries. Members include hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting firms, investors, fund administrators and independent fund directors. AIMA’s manager members manage a combined $1.5 trillion in assets (as of March 2014). All AIMA members benefit from AIMA’s active influence in policy development, its leadership in industry initiatives, including education and sound practice manuals, and its excellent reputation with regulators worldwide. AIMA is a dynamic organisation that reflects its members’ interests and provides them with a vibrant global network. AIMA is committed to developing industry skills and education standards and is a co-founder of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) – the industry’s first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists. For further information, please visit AIMA’s website,

For further information, please contact:

Contact Details

(Queries in English)
Christine Chng
Corporate Communications Manager
+65 6212 0574

(Queries in Japanese)
Makiko Hashimoto
Business Development Executive
+65 6212 0557