Nomura Funds Ireland – Japan Sustainable Equity Core Fund

Investment Style

Investing in companies that have the potential to make a positive impact on the environment and/or society by solving sustainability issues, while at the same time increasing their corporate value over the long term.

  • High Conviction: approx. 30-50 stocks, no sector limits/targets
  • In house ESG Analysis and Scoring as well as UN SDGs evaluation embedded throughout the investment process
  • Active share consistently in excess of 75%


We believe that companies that take a proactive approach to solving environmental and/or social problems as a business can achieve long-term profit growth.

  • We are committed to helping build a sustainable society while delivering superior returns to our clients by carefully selecting such stocks based on rigorous fundamental research and decision making by the portfolio management team supported by our proprietary ESG evaluation framework.
  • We also leverage the Japan Active Core Strategy investment platform, which focuses on assessing historical relative valuation that indicates a fair value level for a company. Given that fair values can change over time as companies grow, restructure or transform, we aim to find gaps between market price and fundamental value by combining fundamental research and a quantitative screen.

Background on investing 

  • Japanese companies have made significant progress in modernising their governance structures, adopting more environmental sustainable practices and addressing longstanding social issues
  • Corporate mindset has also shifted, as companies increasingly prioritize sustainable earnings over the pursuit of market share. A shift from short term financial profits to sustainable economic returns on capital is in progress
  • Nomura AM is committed to ESG integration, backed by our local presence in the Japanese markets built over 60 years, which includes an on-the-ground team of 30 research professionals conducting rigorous analysis and impact assessments.
  • PRI Assessment Report 2020: Nomura AM received A+ in all categories for which we made the report, including `Status of integration of responsible investments in listed stocks` and `Proxy Voting`

Potential significant risks

The Fund’s specialist investment mandate could result in it not performing in line with funds that have a broader investment policy. By focusing its investments on Japan, the fund will have greater exposure to the market, political and economic risks of that country than if it was more diversified across a number of countries. The Fund will hold a limited number of investments. If one of these investments falls in value this can have a greater impact on the Fund’s value than if it held a larger number of investments.


Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to invest in companies that have the potential to make a positive impact on the environment and/or society by solving sustainability issues, while at the same time increasing their corporate value over the long term.

Fund Size

USD 16.6 millions (as at 31.05.2024)

Investment Company

Nomura Asset Management U.K. Ltd.

Fund Managers







Makoto Yamamoto, CMA, Lead Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager

Hiroshi Nakayasu, CMA, Co-Portfolio Manager
Senior Portfolio Manager

Hiromu Asano, CFA, Co-Portfolio Manager
Chief Portfolio Manager

Launch Date


Base Currency



Equity Core




Ireland (Nomura Funds Ireland plc)

Fund ISIN Annual
Class A JPY IE000WNO0Z57
Class A EUR* IE000K9CN957
Class F JPY IE0000VPYVW2
Class I JPY IE000U5GZZH8
Class I EUR* IE000Y1Q8732

* Please note these share classes are available for investment but have not yet launched.

A German version of the prospectus can be found here.

The English version of the prospectus is legally binding.

The table comprises a selection of the current available share classes (partly not yet active) for the stated Nomura Funds Ireland plc. mutual fund.

As per January 2024

A complete overview of all available share classes and documents of the Nomura Funds Ireland plc can be found here. 

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