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Japan's $1.5tn pension fund to go all in on green bonds

Move forms part of ESG embrace by country's top public investor

Japan's enormous Government Pension Investment Fund could set off a domestic stampede into green bonds.

TOKYO -- Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund will begin allocating substantial amounts of money to bonds with an environmental purpose as early as the fiscal year beginning next April, Nikkei has learned.

The move by the GPIF -- Japan's largest public investor by assets, managing 159 trillion yen ($1.5 trillion) -- springs from the fund's new focus on environment, social and governance investing.

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