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      Ex-BNP Paribas Banker Targets $1 Billion for Japanese ESG Fund

      2021-07-14

      BNN Bloomberg: Kyoya Okazawa, a former Asia executive at BNP Paribas SA, aims to raise $1 billion for a new ESG fund backing Japanese startups in sectors ranging from paint to grass-fed beef.

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      Beware of ‘ESG Bubble,’ Says Ex-Chair of World’s Biggest Pension

      2021-06-28

      BNN Bloomberg: The former head of the board of governors at the world’s largest pension fund said he sees signs of a “bubble” in environmental, social and governance investing, and said the Japanese fund needs to consider how much ESG assets contribute to returns.

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      First Japanese ESG-focused Investment Fund Launched

      2021-06-09

      ICLG: As environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations gain traction globally, a group of Japanese investors have launched its first ESG-focused global venture capital fund.

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      Asia's ESG Bond Issuances Hit Record $69 Bln This Year, No Let-up Seen

      2021-06-07

      Financial Post: Asia-Pacific borrowers more than doubled issuance of bonds tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes to a record $69 billion this year, data showed, as they sought to burnish their sustainability credentials and tap red-hot investor demand.

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      Citadel Securities, KKR Bosses Back Asian American Foundation

      2021-05-13

      BNN Bloomberg: Executives from Citadel Securities LLC and KKR & Co. are throwing their weight behind a new group that aims to combat anti-Asian hate after a surge in violent attacks.

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      Asia Is Increasing Its ESG Asset Appetite

      2021-04-19

      Yahoo Finance: JPMorgan’s head of environmental, social, and governance research Elaine Wu pointed out that sustainability funds doubled in 2020, and the market segment could double again in Asia, CNBC reports.

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      Japan Forges Its Own ESG Approach

      2021-04-01 

      Private Equity International: The country’s limited partners will continue to favour corporate engagement over exclusionary screening of controversial sectors. [Full article available to Private Equity International subscribers.] 

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      Investors Press Companies on Human Rights in Xinjiang

      2021-03-30 

      ReutersA group of religious and socially conscious investors and other funds are ramping up pressure on Western companies over alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, highlighting the challenges for brands trying to maintain their business ties amid rising tensions. 

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      What Are the Interesting Developments on ESG Disclosure Standards in Asia?

      2021-03-15 

      The Asset: Increased efforts to bring sustainable disclosure standards together. 

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      Women Leaders Still Under-Represented in Asian Finance

      2021-03-08 

      The Asset: Four pointers to speed trend towards gender equality on International Women’s Day.

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