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Japan pension whale GPIF in China bond quandary: backlash or gains?

FTSE Russel's embrace of the high-yielding debt forces the fund to decide

The 10-year yield of Chinese government bond tops 3%, higher than returns in developed countries.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund faces the tricky question of whether to adopt Chinese sovereign debt into its portfolio, a move that would lead to healthy returns but risks sparking outrage over financially backing an alleged human rights abuser.

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