• Japanese outbound investment (direct investment) has been curtailed, with H1 2020 transaction volume falling to USD 460 million, a decline of 80% y-o-y. 78% of this capital, or USD 360 million, was invested in the Americas, a fall of 65% from the same period of 2019. 
  • For most corporations, overseas investment remains a core tenet of their growth strategy. Although the pandemic is likely to continue to influence transaction volume for some time to come, Japanese outbound investors are already adopting a number of measures, such as enhancing relationships with local partners, as they look to re-enter the market and restore investment operations to a pre-pandemic state.
  • This ViewPoint by CBRE analyses Japanese outbound investment in H1 2020, explains how investors are adjusting to the market disruption, and predicts future outbound investment patterns in the COVID-19 era.