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Investment Objective

Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund, Inc. (“JOF” or the “Fund”) is a closed-end management investment company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Fund operates as diversified as defined under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide shareholders with long-term capital appreciation and to invest, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its total assets in smaller capitalization Japanese equity securities traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya Stock Exchanges, and other indices or markets determined by Nomura Asset Management U.S.A. Inc. to be appropriate indices or markets for smaller capitalization companies in Japan.

Nomura Asset Management U.S.A. Inc. has served as the Fund’s Manager since the Fund’s inception in 1990. Nomura Asset Management Co., Ltd. has served as the Fund’s Investment Adviser since the Fund’s inception. The Manager and Investment Adviser are subsidiaries of Nomura Holdings, Inc. and affiliates of Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

Portfolio Managers

Lead Portfolio Manager: Atsushi Katayama »

Portfolio Manager: Hiroaki Tanaka, CMA »

Regulatory Information

The information contained in this site pertaining to the Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) is not directed, nor is it intended for distribution to, or use by, persons in any jurisdiction in which the Fund’s shares are not available. Dissemination of information regarding the Fund is not permitted.

The information contained herein should not be construed as an offer to sell or as a solicitation of an offer to buy any security nor shall any such security be offered or sold to any person in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, purchase or sale would be unlawful under the securities or other laws of such jurisdiction.

The Fund files reports and other information with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The reports and other information concerning the Fund may also be inspected at the offices of the New York Stock Exchange.

The Fund’s filings are also available to the public on the SEC’s Internet site. The reports and other information concerning the Fund may also be inspected at the offices of the New York Stock Exchange.

No representation is made that the information contained herein is accurate or complete.

Nomura Asset Management U.S.A. Inc. is an SEC registered investment adviser. Registration with the SEC does not imply any specific or certain level of skill or training.


Important Information

Portfolio holdings are subject to change daily.

It should not be assumed that any of the securities transactions or holdings discussed here were or will prove to be profitable, or that the investment recommendations or decisions Nomura Asset Management U.S.A. Inc. (“NAMUSA”) makes in the future will be profitable or will equal the investment performance of the securities discussed herein.

Investing in the Fund involves certain considerations in addition to the risks normally associated with making investments in securities. The value of the shares issued by the Fund, and the income from them, may go down as well as up and there can be no assurance that upon sale, or otherwise, investors will receive back the amount originally invested. There can be no assurance that you will receive comparable performance returns. Movements in foreign exchange rates may have a separate effect, unfavorable as well as favorable, on the gain or loss otherwise experienced on an investment. Past performance is not a guide to future returns. Accordingly, the Fund is only suitable for investment by investors who are able and willing to withstand the total loss of their investment. In particular, prospective investors should consider the following risks:

  • Discretionary investment is not risk free. The past operating performance does not guarantee a minimum return for the discretionary investment fund. Apart from exercising the duty of care of a prudent adviser, NAMUSA will not be responsible for the profit or loss of the Fund, nor guarantee a minimum return.
  • It should be noted that investment in the Fund is only suitable for sophisticated investors who are aware of the risk of investing in Japan and should be regarded as long term. Funds that invest in one country carry a higher degree of risk than those with portfolios diversified across a number of markets.
  • Investment in the securities of smaller and unquoted companies can involve greater risk than is customarily associated with investment in larger, more established, companies. In particular, smaller companies often have limited product lines, markets, or financial resources and their management may be dependent on a smaller number of key individuals. In addition, the market for stock in smaller companies is often less liquid than that for stock in larger companies, bringing with it potential difficulties in acquiring, valuing, and disposing of such stock. Proper information for determining their value, or the risks to which they are exposed, may not be available.
  • The marketability of quoted shares may be limited due to foreign investment restrictions, wide dealing spreads, exchange controls, foreign ownership restrictions, the restricted opening of stock exchanges, and a narrow range of investors. Trading volume may be lower than on more developed stock markets, and equities are less liquid. Volatility of prices can also be greater than in more developed stock markets. The infrastructure for clearing, settlement, and registration on the primary and secondary markets may be undeveloped. Under certain circumstances, there may be delays in settling transactions in some of the markets.

Japan Smaller Capitalization Fund, Inc., Worldwide Plaza, 309 West 49th Street, New York, NY, 10019.