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More than a quarter of investors are now less confident about investing in the stockmarket than they were before the war in Iraq, according to the AITC. Twenty-seven per cent of the 1,000 investors interviewed at the beginning of May were more pessimistic about investing, compared to just 15 per cent whose confidence had increased. Fifty-per cent said the war had not affected their confidence either way.

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Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy

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