£229.1m market cap
172p last close
Fidelity Japan Trust (formerly Fidelity Japanese Values) aims to achieve long-term capital growth by investing predominantly in equities and related securities of Japanese companies. Although its investment approach remains unchanged, it has recently changed its benchmark from a mid- and small-cap Japan index to the TOPIX index (total return, in sterling terms), and its AIC sector from Japanese Smaller Companies to Japan.
Fidelity Japan Trust (FJV) has performed particularly strongly versus its reference index so far in 2019, after a sharp decline in Q418. It has also done significantly better than the main Japanese index over both shorter and longer periods, as well as outperforming its peer group over one, three and five years to 31 October. Manager Nicholas Price, backed up by a large analyst team, focuses on unearthing attractive investment opportunities among less well-researched areas of the Japanese market, and has recently been finding compelling ideas in technology-related sectors such as semiconductors, where he sees good medium-term growth prospects and attractive valuations.