Japan: Tamura pushes for a sovereign wealth fund
Senator talks of progress on the SWF plan, the problems he has faced promoting the idea and why he thinks it will succeed this time.
"We’ll have four broad categories of investable assets: foreign exchange reserves, public pension funds, reserves in the special account managed by the ministry of finance, and funds arising from government real estate"
On a shelf in a third-floor office of the Sangiin-Kaikan, the house of councillors of the Japanese Diet (parliament), there sits a photograph. Five or six rows of men in dark suits stare dourly out of the picture, but in the centre of the foremost row there’s an exception: one Japanese man is resplendent in an electric-pink suit, smiling right at the camera.