It appears you’re curious as well.

Due to the relative stability of the country and the lack of invaders throughout much of Japan’s history, Japanese businesses have been able to survive. In fact, Japan dominates the list of the oldest companies in the world, taking the five top spots.

The companies that have survived for 1000 years include construction companies building temples, hotels and religious goods manufacturers. In case you thought Sake breweries would be on the list, the oldest Sake company is around 850 years old. Still young by Japanese standards!

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At First Sentier Investors – the new name for First State Investments curiosity is at the heart of what we do. It shapes our investment philosophy and our active approach to investment management.

Our name may have changed, but as First Sentier Investors, we have the same commitment to providing world-class specialist investment capabilities. 

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World-leading provider of specialist investment capabilities

Since our inception in 1988, we have evolved into a global fund manager with a client base that extends across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. We invest more than US$150 billion on behalf of our clients globally.

We are a stand-alone asset management business and the home of investment teams FSSA Investment Managers and Stewart Investors. All our investment teams – whether in-house or individually branded – operate with discrete investment autonomy, according to their investment philosophies.

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