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Japan's small investors make big ESG statements

Environmental, social and governance bonds remain limited compared to the West

More investors, big and small, are buying instruments designed to encourage companies to be good stewards of the environment and society.

TOKYO -- An investment strategy that considers environmental, social and governance factors is taking off among small and mid-size Japanese investors.

The domestic issuance of green bonds, social bonds and sustainability bonds in fiscal 2018 increased 3.5 times from the previous year to an all-time high of 653.9 billion yen ($6.01 billion).

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