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Japan’s GPIF eyes private equity investments

10 Apr 2014

Japanese flag poleJapan’s $1.26tn Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is looking to make private equity investments.

GPIF is currently in talks in currently in talks with private equity firms to increase its exposure to alternative assets, said head of the fund’s research department, according to Reuters.

He added that GPIF’s idea is “to treat alternatives as an independent asset class”.

Earlier this year the fund teamed up with Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and Development Bank of Japan to invest in infrastructure.

GPIF and DBJ will contribute $2.5bn to the co-investment partnership, which will use the expertise of OMERS’ investment units including Borealis Infrastructure.

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