Top Blue Chip Japanese Stocks


Mitsubishi Financial Group Symbol: MTU      

Honda Motor Company Symbol: HMC
Sony Stock Symbol: SNE                               

Panasonic Stock Symbol: PC

Japanese  Mutual Funds

Fidelity Japan Smaller Companies Fund     800-544-9797
Rydex Japan 2x Strategy A  Fund             800-820-0888
Nomura Partners Japan Fund                   800-535-2726
T. Rowe Price Japan Fund                        800-638-5660

Largest Companies listed on the Japanese stock exchange

Going by the aggregate market capitalization of all the companies listed on the exchange, the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) is the fourth largest stock exchange in the world. The reported total market capitalization as of May 2015 was $4.9 trillion.

The main stock indices which track companies on the TSE are the Nikkei 225 and the Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX). The Tokyo Stock Exchange lists companies in three main categories –

Large companies

Mid-sized companies

High growth and emerging stocks (called ‘The Mothers’)

We give a look to the largest companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The same have been covered under the heading, “Top 4 Stocks Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for 2016” by Investopedia on their website http://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets/123015/top-4-stocks-listed-tokyo-stock-exchange-2016-mtu-sne.asp.

  1. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: MTU) is a Japanese holding bank and financial services company headquartered in Tokyo, which is second only to Toyota in terms of market capitalization on the TSE. The company was formed as a result of the merger between the Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group and UFJ holdings in 2006. The company’s shares are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

  1. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Company

The Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Company (NTT) provides fixed and mobile voice services, IP communications services and telecommunications equipment within and outside Japan. The company has a market capitalization of $79 billion as on December 2015. It is one of the largest telecommunication companies by revenue in the world. The company had been incorporated as a government owned corporation since the Japanese government wanted to ensure stable delivery of telecommunications services in the country. Japanese government diluted its stake in the company subsequently.

  1. Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. manufactures electronic components for use in cellphones, television sets and other electronic products. These components include ceramic parts, Bluetooth modules, connectors and circuit modules. The company provides components for Apple and Samsung smartphones.

  1. Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) is the company which develops and manufactures high quality technology equipment including software, game consoles and other devices. Its main operating segments are mobile communications, game and network services and imaging products. The stock is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Sony has encountered some difficulties in the last few years. Its film division suffered a hack while its PlayStation Network has suffered numerous hacks over the years. Its Sony Vita mobile gaming device did not record encouraging sales numbers while its smatphones business also did not do well.

Reference: Investopedia (http://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets/123015/top-4-stocks-listed-tokyo-stock-exchange-2016-mtu-sne.asp)