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The Nippon Growth (UCITS) Fund – Differentiated Japanese equity exposure with a track record of 20+ years.

Investment Team – Evarich Asset Management

Yutaka Uda

Portfolio Manager

Yutaka Uda has been the President and CIO of Evarich Asset Management since its establishment in 2002. He has over 40 years’ experience in the Japanese market having commenced his career in finance at Nikko Securities as an Analyst in 1971.

In 1985 Yutaka moved to Baring Asset Management where he was the Portfolio Manager of Japanese equities and in 1988 appointed as Director in charge of Far Eastern markets. In 2000 Yutaka became the Managing Director and CIO of Nikko Asset Management, leaving in 2002 to establish Evarich Asset Management. Yutaka is a graduate of Tokyo University.

Maiko Uda


Maiko joined Evarich Asset Management in July 2009. From 2005 until 2009 Maiko worked for Fidelity Investment as a Research Analyst covering the automobiles and real estate sectors. Maiko is a graduate from Keio University and holds an MBA from Stanford University. Prior to her study in Stanford, Maiko also worked as an announcer in New York and Tokyo, as well as being a sports caster and news anchor for the Fuji Television Network, Inc.

Yumiko Akabane


Yumiko joined Evarich Asset Management in April 2005. From 2000 to 2005, Yumiko held various positions in the fund department of Invesco Asset Management, worked as a research assistant with Yutaka Uda at Baring Asset Management in Tokyo from 1998 to 2000 and worked for Jardine Fleming in the bond and fund management department between 1988 and 1993. Yumiko is a graduate from Keio University.

Ratings & Awards

Yutaka and Maiko Uda are Citywire AA rated for their 3-year risk adjusted performance for the period 31.12.2019 - 31.12.2022. Source and copyright Citywire.


The Nippon Growth (UCITS) Fund - A JPY share class has a Morningstar rating of 4 stars overall and 5 stars over 5 Years. Morningstar Rating™ as of 31/01/2023. Past performance may not be a reliable guide to future performance. Returns could be reduced, or losses incurred, due to currency fluctuations.