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Japanese real estate sector polishes ESG performance

Companies seek 'sustainability' credentials in bid to attract finicky investors

ESG performance in the real estate sector is determined by looking at a company's regulations, management and disclosure policies, as well as energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of its properties.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese real estate sector is embracing a global standard for assessing sustainability in hopes of attracting investors who adopt "environmental, social and governance" -- or ESG -- investment principles.

So far this year, over 70 Japanese companies have had their ESG performance assessed, up about 50% from three years ago.

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