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Matthews Japan Fund

Inception Date

December 31, 1998

Fund Assets

$1.57 billion (10/31/2015)






MSCI Japan Index

Geographic Focus


Investment Objective

Long-term capital appreciation


Under normal market conditions, the Matthews Japan Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its total assets, which include borrowings for investment purposes, in the common and preferred stocks of companies located in Japan. The Fund seeks to invest in companies capable of sustainable growth based on the fundamental characteristics of those companies, including balance sheet information; number of employees; size and stability of cash flow; management’s depth, adaptability and integrity; product lines; marketing strategies; corporate governance; and financial health.


Investments in Asian securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation. In addition, investments in a single-country fund, which is considered a non-diversified fund, may be subject to a higher degree of market risk than diversified funds because of concentration in a specific country. These and other risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the prospectus.

Portfolio Managers

Lead Manager

Kenichi Amaki


Taizo Ishida

Fees & Expenses

Gross Expense Ratio1


Portfolio Turnover 2


1 Matthews Asia Funds' 12b-1 Plan (the “Plan”) is inactive. Although the Plan currently is not active, it is reviewed by the Board annually in case the Board decides to re-activate the Plan. The Plan would not be re-activated without prior notice to shareholders and any amounts payable under the Plan would be subject to applicable operating expense limitations. If the Plan were reactivated, the fee would be up to 0.25% for each of the Investor Class and Institutional Class, respectively.              
2 The lesser of fiscal year 2014 long-term purchase costs or sales proceeds divided by the average monthly market value of long-term securities.