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Japan Equity Income

Large cap Japan equity portfolio that offers above-average dividend income and defensive characteristics.

Strategy Description

In a Japanese investment landscape that features scarcity of income yield in public equities, Japan Equity Income aims to generate sustainable and above-average dividend income streams via investments in high quality Japanese companies. 

The portfolio is composed of large-cap defensive equities with a heavy tilt towards defensive sectors such as Healthcare and Communication Services. As such, Japan Equity Income features lower sensitivity (low beta) to the broad global equity indices and its low volatility profile enables strong downside protection. Non-U.S. equities account for 60% of the portfolio.

Portfolio construction is based on quantitative scoring of our Japanese equity universe with a focus on Value, Quality, Safety, Payout, Technical and Sentiment metrics, as well as ESG traits. In particular, the Quality and Safety metrics ensure that stock selection is geared towards low-risk companies that exhibit high levels of profitability and low financial leverage.

This strategy can also be accessed in a Global ExposureHong Kong ExposureUS ExposureEurope Exposure and a UK Exposure

Allocation Breakdown

Asset Class

Fixed Income0


Greater Europe0
Developed Asia100%
Emerging Asia0
Central/Latin America0


Financials 9.33%
Consumer Discretionary17.13%
Real Estate
Consumer Staples
Materials 8.76%

Top Holdings

Asset ClassWeight (%)
1. Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd5.14%
2. ITOCHU Corp5.00%
3. Sompo Holdings Inc4.78%
4. Asahi Kasei Corp4.77%
5. SUMCO Corp4.58%
6. Sekisui House Ltd4.58%
7. Canon Inc4.55%
8. Tokio Marine Holdings Inc4.51%
9. SoftBank Corp4.50%
10. ENEOS Holdings Inc4.43%