Nomura Funds Ireland – Japan High Conviction Fund


Our investment philosophy is that a sustainable level of high ROE will lead to growth in shareholder’s equity, which in return leads to stock price appreciation.

Both the future level and the direction of ROE are vital, not the current level – this is where our experience and expertise can add value.

Investment Style

Our investment objective is to construct a concentrated portfolio of our best ideas aiming to capture stock appreciation combined with the long-term sustainable growth of shareholders’ equity. Our concentrated and unconstrained approach is:

  • Bottom-up, within a disciplined and repeatable framework, and supported by extremely large research resources.
  • Large-cap market bias.
  • Has no sector constraints.
  • Has a long-term investment time horizon.

Our Investment Approach

Invest in fundamentally attractive companies that can sustain high ROE over the long term

  • Only companies capable of sustaining high levels of ROE and a demonstrable competitive edge can be included in our stock universe.
  • Positioning of individual stocks within the portfolio based on factors such as competitiveness and differentiation.

Build a concentrated portfolio of approx. 30 stocks based on the above criteria

  • Select best 30 stocks focusing on analysis of top-line growth, ROE, and other fundamental factors including: effective business strategy, management capabilities and competitive advantages relative to peers.

Background to Investing

Sell-side research providers have scaled back their coverage of Japanese stocks over the years, leaving this market under-researched and isolated in global investment terms. Nevertheless, many attractive Japanese companies have maintained outstanding competitiveness in both the global and domestic markets. Our unconstrained strategy, which concentrates on investment in stocks with sustainable high ROE and a competitive edge, aims to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available in this market.

Awards and Ratings

Morningstar Overall Ratings as at 30-09-2021. Copyright © 2021 Morningstar UK Limited. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Morningstar rating based on the lead share class: Nomura Funds Ireland – Japan High Conviction I JPY.


Potential significant risks
By focusing its investments in Japan, the fund will have greater exposure to the market, political and economic risks of that country than if it was more diversified across a number of countries. Investments in emerging markets or less developed countries may be more exposed to political, economic or structural challenges than in developed countries.

Investment Objective

To achieve long-term capital growth through investment in a concentrated, actively managed portfolio of Japanese equity securities. A benchmark agnostic, ‘best ideas’ approach which selectively invests in individual companies, focusing on strong, growing companies with sustainable characteristics, most notably return on equity (ROE).

Fund Size

USD 1,001.41 million (as at 30.09.2021)

Investment Company

Nomura Asset Management U.K. Ltd.

Lead Fund Manager

shintaro Shintaro Harada, CMA, Chief Portfolio Manager,  Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd., Tokyo. 

Shintaro Harada has over 25 years of investment experience and has been managing Japanese equity portfolios for Nomura since 1993.

Launch Date


Base Currency


Universe Sector

Morningstar: Japan Large-Cap Equity

IA Sector: Japan




Ireland (Nomura Funds Ireland Plc)

Lead ISINs

I JPY: IE00BBT38576

I GBP: IE00BBT38790

I USD: IE00BBT38469

A USD: IE00BBT38022

A EUR: IE00BBT38246

For additional share class information, please contact us.


Fund Monthly Factsheet Fund Snapshot
Class I JPY
Class I USD
Class I GBP
Class A USD
Class A JPY

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