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ETFs draw unaware foreigners to Japanese stocks

Funds focused on robotics, AI are flourishing

Shares of Yaskawa Electric are sometimes included in funds for global investors that are not Japan specific.

TOKYO -- Overseas investors with no strong interest in Japanese equities are nonetheless increasing their exposure to them, perhaps even unknowingly, through their purchases of exchange-traded funds.

The trend is keeping investors who know the ins and outs of the Japanese market from reaping big gains, says a trader at a foreign brokerage.

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