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Record number of Japanese institutions eye agriculture as an asset class

TOKYO, 13 September 2018 – Savvy investors are now embracing the investment opportunities in agricultural real assets, and significant capital is being deployed in the sector worldwide. Exploring the myriad choices, understanding the landscape, and developing strategies are crucial, and attendees to the 8th annual Global AgInvesting Asia, 2-3 October at the Tokyo American Club, will have the upper hand at being successful in this endeavor.

“This year marked a milestone for agriculture as an asset class in Japan. While allocations by institutional investors have been well documented over the last decade, institutions in Japan were largely absent from this mix,” said Greg Mellinger, CEO and founder of HighQuest Group, the event host and leading food and agriculture advisory firm. “This spring’s AUD $119 million allocation by Nippon Life Insurance to an overseas farmland fund has set an example for other investors that agriculture is a stable investment with attractive annual returns, opportunities for appreciation, and low correlation with traditional assets.”

Japanese institutional investors comprise more than 50 percent of the audience at Global AgInvesting Asia where international industry experts will discuss key topics in the sector – from strategies to meet ESG goals to regional diversification, M&A deal flow, and disruptive innovations and consumer trends.

Featured speakers and topics include:

· “How Japanese Investors Should Approach Ag Investing”, with Takuma Yoshida, SEIRYU Asset Management, Ltd., and featuring Masaya Hara, Albourne Partners Japan; Akitoshi Yamada, Pantheon Ventures (Asia) Limited; and Yoshifumi Kida, Nippon Life Insurance.

· “Opportunities in Animal Protein Production”, with Kenichi Hori, Nutrition & Agriculture Business Unit at Mitsui & Co., Ltd.; Troy Setter, Consolidated Pastoral Company; and Tai Linn, Proterra Investment Partners.

· “Asian Agribusiness M&A Landscape”, with Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Olam International Limited; and Harsh Rajpal, Capital Code.

· “Going Beyond ESG Integration With Timberland and Farmland Assets”, with Nick Ping, Hancock Natural Resources.

· “How Consumer Trends Drive Agriculture Investment Opportunities”,with Anthony Chan, Isola Capital (read Mr. Chan’s article on this topic in GAI Gazette).

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Discounted passes are available for Japanese institutional investors, agribusinesses, early-stage agtech firms and producers. Email for details.

Global AgInvesting (GAI), a brand of U.S.-owned HighQuest Group, is the world’s most well-attended agricultural investment seminar series and leading resource for events, research and insight into the global agricultural sector.


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