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Takateru Mitsui

In December 2001, Japan Alternative Investment Co., Ltd., was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., by a small number of people who strongly believed that alternative investments would contribute to the development of the Japanese asset management industry. Since then, we have specialized in alternative investments for many years by sourcing, developing, and providing products and investment schemes that meet clients’ needs.

In April 2017, we changed our corporate name to Mitsui & Co. Alternative Investments, Ltd., as a core subsidiary of Mitsui’s asset management business. The idea behind this name change was to enhance our ability to provide solutions that meet clients’ needs by making more effective use of both the tangible and intangible assets of the Mitsui Group, including its domestic and overseas networks, and playing a more important role as a unique hub that connects the Mitsui Group with our clients. We have pioneered alternative investment opportunities over the past 20 years, when the alternative investment market was still small in Japan, and have been expanding our product development capability and solution offerings to benefit our clients as the market grows.

Looking forward, in light of increasing uncertainty in the current market environment, we believe that alternative investments will be more useful because they have different risk/return profiles from traditional assets. Now that newly developed financial products are becoming more sophisticated and diverse, it is critical for us not only to refine our ability to evaluate products, but also to accurately address the diversifying issues and needs of clients. We will use our expertise in alternative investments, our broad network, and our structuring expertise to develop high value-added solutions that meet clients’ requirements. The DNA of the Mitsui Group is the spirit of challenge toward new frontiers, and it remains a key component of our corporate culture. We are committed to fulfilling our social responsibilities as financial professionals with a stance of taking on challenges in new fields while constantly assessing risks. We believe that our company-wide efforts to remain a frontrunner in alternative investment services in Japan will enable us to keep pace with the expectations of our clients and society. We strive to support clients with long-term wealth building and, more broadly, to make global society more prosperous and sustainable by way of promoting alternative investments.

Takateru Mitsui
President and Chief Executive Officer