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Exchange traded fund sponsor and asset manager WisdomTree Investments’ Japan-based subsidiary, WisdomTree Japan KK, has completed its Type 1 Financial Instruments Business (Type 1 Business) registration with the Kanto Local Finance Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

WisdomTree Japan will service institutional clients in the region through its office located in the Shin-Marunouchi Building, Tokyo.
 
WisdomTree CEO and President Jonathan Steinberg said, “WisdomTree manages roughly USD12.7 billion in Japan-focused strategies today and we are excited to further build upon our focus in this dynamic and attractive market.  We have assembled a highly experienced team led by Jesper Koll who has nearly three decades of experience advising Japanese, US and global investors.” 
 
Following the appointment of Jesper Koll as CEO of WisdomTree Japan in July, the Company named Junichi Kamitsubo, formerly Head of iShares Japan, as Head of Sales and also announced the appointment of Atsushi Yamamoto as Chief Compliance Officer.  Since that time, the Company has made three additions to the Sales team: Takashi Saito, Yusuke Kojima, and Masafumi Watanabe, all coming with extensive experience within the ETF and financial industry.
 
Jesper Koll, CEO of WisdomTree Japan, says: “We are pleased that we can now directly communicate with Japanese institutional clients of WisdomTree ETFs and extend WisdomTree’s unique, research-driven ETF strategies to institutional investors seeking new, innovative and cost-effective solutions in investment markets worldwide.”
 
Koll adds: “WisdomTree is not only confident in the Japanese equity market’s recovery under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration; we see a significant and sustainable shift in the way  Japan’s corporate sector allocates capital, and ultimately how a nation of Japanese savers will invest.   We are deeply committed to being a leader in Japan’s investment renaissance.” 

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