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On topic: Why Japanese stocks are booming

A collection of stories to catch up on the hot topic of the day

A ticker shows Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rising on June 2. (Photo by Nanami Sato)

The Japanese stock market is attracting attention from around the world, including that of veteran investor Warren Buffett, as its benchmark index surges to a 33-year high. What is driving the momentum, and is it sustainable? Here's a selection of stories that show how international investors rediscovered Japan and where the market is going.

Nikkei Stock Average closes at highest point since August 1990

On May 19, the Nikkei Stock Average surpassed its previous post-bubble peak, reached in September 2021, and closed at 30,808.35, the benchmark's highest level since August 1990. Read more.


Japan stocks soar as global investors applaud governance changes

Bullish investors argue that the Nikkei Average could go even higher this year given the valuations of Japanese companies. (Source photo by Tomoki Mera) 

One reason Japanese stocks are rising has to do with corporate governance. Amid rising pressure from domestic and international investors, management teams have undergone a change of heart and are responding more sincerely to shareholder activism. Read more.


Warren Buffett says he intends to add to his Japan stock holdings

The 92-year-old investor created a market buzz when he visited Japan in April and indicated his intention to increase his investments in Japanese trading companies. Read more.

Warren Buffett on Berkshire Hathaway's 2020 acquisition of shares in Japan's top five trading houses: "We're very proud of that." (Photo by Shinya Sawai) 


Japan tops global stock rises in May, led by chip sector

The recent momentum of the Nikkei Stock Average is turning the heads of global equity investors. In May, the Nikkei 225 saw the sharpest rise among major global stock indexes. But the excitement over Japanese shares stems as much from a lack of optimism in other markets, with uncertainty growing over the health of the global economy. Read more.

Foreign buying of Japan stocks continues, reaching lesser-known shares

International investors continue to scoop up Japanese shares. But their buying of related futures is weakening, raising the question of how long investor appetite for cash stocks will remain strong. Read more.

Nikkei 38,000, or Nikkei 28,000? Japan analysts mixed on stock rally

As Japanese stocks climb to a three-decade high, professional investors surveyed by Nikkei could not agree on where share prices will end up, though most do agree that matters hinge on the fate of the U.S. economy. Many analysts expect that for the time being the rally will be supported by the Bank of Japan leaning into its monetary easing policy. Read more.

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