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Robot-themed stock fund knocking on trillion yen club's door

Success of Nikko Asset's offering shows retail investors chasing growth, not income

A Yaskawa Electric automated production line in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The company's track record helped enrich the Global Robotics Equity Fund's portfolio.

TOKYO -- A robotics-focused international equity fund is poised to cross a threshold rarely passed by vehicles not offering monthly income, suggesting a change in what Japanese retail investors look to the stock market for.

Nikko Asset Management's Global Robotics Equity Fund could top 1 trillion yen ($8.99 billion) in assets in February, about 90 billion yen above where it stood as of Wednesday when annual and semiannual settlement versions are totaled.

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