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Why Do Japanese Households Hold So Much Cash?

Japanese households are well known for their preference for cash1, which represents the majority of their financial assets. On the surface, this seems like a rational choice in an economy experiencing persistent deflation.
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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) has added to its holdings in Japan’s five biggest trading houses, likely underpinning strong momentum propelling the nation’s stock market to multi-year highs.
Elevated risk aversion amid heightened geopolitical and inflation risks and tightening monetary policies in advanced economies weighed on sentiment
Singapore became the biggest investor in Japan’s real estate sector this year, lured by the yen’s weakness and growing demand in logistics and hospitality industries, according to Knight Frank. Inflows from the city-state totaled almost $3 billion so far in 2023, followed by investors from the U.S., Canada and the United Arab Emirates, according to a report published this month.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Thursday to set up special economic zones to boost foreign investment in Japan, as domestic demand in the world's third-biggest economy has stagnated amid a declining population.