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Home > Statistics > Outline of Statistics and Statistical Release Schedule > Notices of Changes and Corrections 2020 > Addition of a New Item to the "Regional Direct Investment Position (Inward Investment) (Ultimate Investor)" in the BOJ Time-Series Data Search
June 8, 2020
Bank of Japan
The Bank of Japan has added Japan to the country breakdown of the "Regional Direct Investment Position (Inward investment) (Ultimate investor),"1 which provides reference figures for the International Investment Position (IIP) of Japan (Calendar Year Data) in the BOJ Time-Series Data Search, starting with today's release of the revised year-end 2018 data. Data are classified by the country in which the ultimate investor holding ultimate control resides, that is, the ultimate investing country.2 Please see the List of Series Codes [XLSX 15KB] for an updated list of series names and series codes.
The data for Japan represent so-called round-tripping, that is, flows of funds where the investee and its ultimate investor reside in the same country. They involve the channeling abroad of funds by investors residing in Japan (ultimate investors) and the subsequent return of these funds to affiliates in Japan (investees) from their overseas parent companies in the form of direct investment.
Previously, the figures for Japan calculated on an ultimate investor basis were included in the total amount of inward direct investment but excluded from the figures for Asia in the classification by region. With the addition of Japan as a separate item, Japan's investment position is included in the total for Asia starting with year-end 2018 data.
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