Why Japan has Changed its Mind on Responsible Investment

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Selected by the UK’s Department of International Trade to take part in their FinTech Trade Mission to Tokyo, I have just returned from the FinTech Summit (“FinSum”) in Tokyo which took place last week. Whilst there, I was struck by the level of interest in ESG issues, and ESG data in Japan. ESG refers to Environmental, Social and Governance factors that are used as part of the investment decision-making process. To understand how far Japan has moved in such a short time, consider this. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has initiated a new Tokyo Financial Award to recognize financial institutions that…...

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Tim Fright Tim Fright is the Founding Director of Plenitude. Tim and his colleagues use Hedge Fund-style analytics and Big Data to create an Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) investing framework that can offer responsible investment opportunities with superior risk-adjusted returns. Tim is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and King’s College, London and has more than ten years’ experience in technology and government. He is a communications adviser to, and investor in, several tech start-ups, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was part of a 2008 Antarctic expedition which undertook environmental research analysing the effects of climate change on the Beardmore Glacier. @plenitude.io