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Matthews Japan Fund


Pictured from left to right, Taizo Ishida and Kenichi Amaki.

Kenichi Amaki

Lead Manager

Kenichi Amaki is a Portfolio Manager at Matthews Asia. He manages the firm’s Japan strategy and co-manages the Asia Small Companies and China Small Companies strategies. Prior to joining the firm in 2008 as a Research Analyst, he was an investment officer for a family trust based in Monaco, researching investment opportunities primarily in Japan. From 2001 to 2004, he worked on the International Pension Fund Team at Nomura Asset Management in Tokyo, Japan. Kenichi received a B.A. in Law from Keio University in Japan and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is fluent in Japanese. Kenichi has been a Portfolio Manager of the Matthews Japan Fund since 2010, of the Matthews Asia Small Companies Fund since 2013, and of the China Small Companies Fund since 2015. 

Taizo Ishida

Co-Manager

Taizo Ishida is a Portfolio Manager at Matthews Asia. He manages the firm’s Asia Growth and Emerging Asia Strategies, and co-manages the Japan Strategy. Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2006, Taizo spent six years on the global and international teams at Wellington Management Company as a Vice President and Portfolio Manager. From 1997 to 2000, he was a Senior Securities Analyst and a member of the international investment team at USAA Investment Management Company. From 1990 to 1997, he was a Principal and Senior Research Analyst at Sanford Bernstein & Co. Prior to beginning his investment career at Yamaichi International (America), Inc. as a Research Analyst, he spent two years in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Program Officer with the United Nations Development Program. Taizo received a B.A. in Social Science from International Christian University in Tokyo and an M.A. in International Relations from The City College of New York. He is fluent in Japanese. Taizo has been a Portfolio Manager of the Matthews Asia Growth Fund since 2007, of the Matthews Japan Fund since 2006 and of the Emerging Asia Fund since its inception in 2013.