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Pension giant GPIF to invest in Japanese startups for first time

Move by $1.45tn fund highlights Japan's belated effort to grow ventures

Investment by Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund could serve as a magnet for other pension money and give momentum to the development of Japanese startups, which have lagged behind those in the U.S., China and other countries. (Photo by Kotaro Igarashi) 

TOKYO -- Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund, one of the world's largest institutional investors, will begin investing in Japanese startups in order to give the sector a boost, Nikkei has learned.

The GPIF's investments in startups are expected to run to tens of millions of dollars. The move could serve as a magnet for other pension money and give momentum to the development of Japanese startups, which have lagged behind those in the U.S., China and other countries, observers say.

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