ETFGI reports Bank of Japan owns 60% of the assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan at the end of November 2021

LONDON — December 31, 2021 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that Bank of Japan owns 60% of the assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan at the end of November.   ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan suffered net outflows of US$3.51 billion during November, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$19.12 billion. Assets invested in the Japanese ETFs/ETPs industry have decreased by 3.7%, from US$555 billion at the end of October to US$535 billion, according to ETFGI’s November 2021 Japanese ETFs and ETPs industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service. (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)


  • Bank of Japan owns 60% of the assets invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan at the end of November.
  • Assets of $535 Bn invested in ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan at the end of November 2021.
  • ETFs and ETPs listed in Japan suffered net outflows of $3.51 billion during November.
  • YTD net inflows are $19.12 Bn which are significantly below the $65.47 Bn gathered YTD in 2020.  
  • $16.85 Bn in net inflows gathered in the past 12 months.
  • Assets increased 0% YTD in 2021, going from US$535 billion at end of 2020, to US$535 billion.
  • 1st month of net outflows after 2 consecutive months of net inflows

“Due to the growing threat of a new COVID variant Omicron, the S&P 500 declined 0.69% in November, however, the index is up 23.18% year to date. Developed markets, excluding the US, experienced a fall of 4.94% in November. Israel (down 1.03%) and the US (down 1.47%) experienced the smallest losses among the developed markets in November, while Luxembourg suffered the biggest loss of 16.90%. Emerging markets declined 3.53% during November. United Arab Emirates (up 8.15%) and Chile (up 5.51%) gained the most, whilst Turkey (down 13.72%) and Poland (down 11.95%) witnessed the largest declines.” According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI.

Japan ETF and ETP asset growth as at the end of November 2021

At the end of November 2021, the Japanese ETF/ETP industry had 240 ETFs/ETPs, with 273 listings, assets of 
US$535 Bn, from 18 providers listed on 3 exchanges.

Equity ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan had net outflows of $3.47 Bn during November, bringing net inflows for the year to end of November to $21.92 Bn, lower than the $60.58 Bn in net inflows equity products had in the same period in 2020. Fixed income ETFs/ETPs listed in Japan gathered net inflows of $99 Mn during November, bringing net inflows YTD 2021 to $1.06 Bn, higher than the $629 Mn in net inflows fixed income products reported YTD in 2020. Commodities ETFs /ETPs listed in Japan saw net outflows of $107 Mn during November 2021, taking net outflows YTD in 2021 to $1.08 Bn, much lower than the $1.31 Bn in net inflows commodities products attracted in the same period last year. 

Bank of Japan’s ownership of ETFs listed in Japan

At the end of November 2021, the Bank of Japan held ETFs/ETPs assets of $324 Bn. During November 2021, the Bank of Japan did not make any purchases of ETFs. 

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $1.38 Bn during November. The One ETF TOPIX – Acc (1473 JP) gathered $339 Mn largest individual net inflow.

Top 20 ETFs by net new assets November 2021: Japan

(US$ Mn)
(US$ Mn)
(US$ Mn)
One ETF TOPIX – Acc1473 JP3,420.11665.50399.09
iShares S&P 500 ETF – Acc1655 JP567.43328.43191.32
MAXIS TOPIX ETF1348 JP20,896.672,389.39160.10
Daiwa ETF TOPIX1305 JP65,129.222,227.4489.17
iFree ETF-Nikkei 225 Quarterly Dividend Type2624 JP455.19350.4683.48
NEXT FUNDS Tokyo Stock Exchange REIT Index ETF1343 JP3,711.5854.8978.17
iShares Core Japan Government Bond ETF2561 JP275.03182.7141.83
MAXIS S&P500 US Equity ETF2558 JP212.97139.8936.73
iShares Core 7-10 Year US Treasury Bond JPY Hedged ETF1482 JP533.98361.8433.43
NEXT FUNDS Nikkei 225 Inverse Index ETF1571 JP219.58(935.60)30.17
NEXT FUNDS Nomura Japan Equity High Dividend 70 ETF1577 JP571.29(50.31)28.15
Listed Index Fund US Bond (Currency Hedge) – JPY Hdg – Acc1487 JP371.51224.5126.82
NEXT FUNDS International Bond FTSE WGBI ex Japan Yen-Hedged Exchange Traded Fund2512 JP527.12424.9725.02
NEXT FUNDS TOPIX Banks Exchange Traded Fund1615 JP387.36110.4724.35
MAXIS NASDAQ100 ETF2631 JP117.86105.7023.93
MAXIS S&P500 US Equity ETF – JPY Hedged2630 JP168.77161.6523.55
MAXIS JPX-Nikkei Index 400 ETF1593 JP5,189.58290.7523.41
Simplex TOPIX Bear -1x ETF1569 JP54.97(6.63)20.08
MAXIS J-REIT ETF – Acc1597 JP1,476.439.0919.85
iShares US REIT ETF – Acc1659 JP158.3741.4419.68

Investors have tended to invest in Equity ETFs/ETPs during November.

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Published on December 31, 2021

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