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In October 2006 AIMA-Japan conducted a study of hedge fund investments at leading Japanese financial institutions, following a similar survey in 2005. The survey revealed that institutions tended to concentrate their investments in funds of funds, use separate accounts, and monitor risk of individual securities on a monthly basis.
Regulatory changes are expected that will allow Japanese investment trusts to merge starting in the summer of 2007. We anticipate consolidation among small funds and look forward to the adoption of a merger framework that has as its first priority investor interests and not management firm profits.