Opalesque Roundtable Finds Endowments, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Large Global Hedge Funds Come Back to Japan - What do They See?

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Tokyo, Japan, June 04, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Opalesque, the world's largest subscription-based publisher covering the alternative investment industry, has launched the fifth issue of its acclaimed regional Roundtable scripts, the “Opalesque Japan Roundtable.”

The Opalesque Japan Roundtable will be closing the 2008 coverage of the Asian hedge fund centers after having covered New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong (see here for Roundtable Archive: www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveRT).

The Opalesque Japan Roundtable was sponsored by Nikko Citi Prime Finance (http://www.nikkociti.com) and took place in their Tokyo office. Opalesque thanks Ed Rogers from Rogers Investment Advisors for helping to put the group together.

After a stellar performance in 2005, Japanese hedge funds were struggling in 2006 and 2007. Is 2008 the turn-around year? The good news is that endowments, sovereign wealth funds and large global hedge funds are coming back to Japan. What opportunities do they see? In this Roundtable script, you will learn:

* Background on Japan hedge fund performance and the state of the economy
* Will macro (economy) or micro (corporate governance on company level) catalysts drive the markets going forward?
* Why activist investors and activist hedge funds have been very beneficial for Japan
* Will the Japanese version of the Basel II rules still prevent regional banks to rebuild their hedge fund allocations?
* How do Japanese pension funds and insurance companies view and use hedge funds?

The participants of the Opalesque Japan Roundtable are:

1. Angus McKinnon, Senior Partner, Tozai Investment Advisory
2. Nobuki Yasuda, Director of Alternative Investment, Pension Fund Association
3. Goro Ohwada, CEO, Aino Investment Corporation
4. Kenichiro Nishi, CEO & CIO, Gaia Capital Management
5. Scott Callon, Partner/CEO, Ichigo Asset Management
6. Rory Kennedy, COO, United Managers Japan (UMJ)
7. Andrew Hill, Director, NikkoCiti
8. Koichi Shijima, Director, NikkoCiti
9. Atsko Nakajima, Director of Hedge Fund Investments, Ueda Yagi Securities Co.
10. Hideki Hashiguchi, Lead Representative, HSBC Global Fund Services
11. Toshihiko Nishida, Portfolio Manager, GCI
12. Isao Tomoyuki, Chief Investment Officer, Stats Investment Management
13. Rick Okuno, Rheos Capital Works

The Opalesque Hong Kong Roundtable Script can be downloaded here:http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=static&and=RoundtableJAPAN

All other previously published Opalesque Roundtable Scripts (New Zealand (March 17th), Australia (March 25th), Singapore Roundtable (April 24th), Hong Kong (May 1st)) can be downloaded here: http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveRT

Matthias Knab, Director of Opalesque Ltd, moderates the Opalesque Roundtables. Matthias Knab is an internationally recognized expert on hedge funds and alternatives and has frequently served as chairman of hedge fund conferences in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Miami, Bahamas, Stockholm, Dubai etc. In addition, he has presented or moderated at hedge fund events in Sydney, Cape Town, Madrid, and Bombay, and lectured at numerous universities on the subjects of hedge funds and the state of the global alternative asset management industry.

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