UK - Chuo Mitsui Trust International, the global arm of Chuo Mitsui Trust and Banking, has launched a London office in a move to expand its investment management business outside Japan.
The bank's portfolio specialist Daisuke Ishihara said: "It's an interesting time to be launching our international branch in London. Japan is reaching the other side of its 'lost decade', just as the West is heading further into a turbulent unknown economic climate.
"There are key lessons investors can learn from the country's experience over the last ten years or so and we're ideally placed to advise pension funds, multi-managers and institutions on the strategies and processes they can utilise, to help them through these difficult times."
Meanwhile, Tokio Marine Asset Management - which launched its London business in January - has appointed Anji Stewart as vice president of business development.
Stewart will report to Polly Smith, senior vice president, business development and will have primary responsibility for investor relations as well as strategic marketing and branding in EMEA.
Previously, she was an investor relations manager at LNG Capital, an alternative asset management firm and a client relationship associate at RAB Capital.
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