8 Japan Stocks and ETFs to Keep on Your Watchlist in 2024

The Nikkei 225 Index, one of Japan’s leading stock market index, saw an increase of nearly 20% in the first quarter of 2024, ranking it among the top-performing equity markets so far this year.

Investing in the Japan stock market hasn’t been in the mind of most investors, but with the market’s strong performance, it might be worth having some Japan stocks and exchange-traded-funds (ETFs) into your portfolio. This column discusses 8 Japan stocks that may be worth your consideration.

Stocks in Japan to Watch Out For

WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEARCA: DXJ)

Underlying indexWisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Index
Assets under management (AUM)$4.6 billion
Expense ratio0.48%
Dividend Yield2.53%
As of 08/04/2024, Morningstar

The DXJ ETF is designed to track the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Index. This ETF offers investors broad based exposure to the Japanese equity market with a twist; it acts as a currency hedge that mitigates exposure to fluctuations of the Japanese yen relative to the U.S. dollar

It’s a great option for investors who believe that Japanese yen will weaken against the U.S dollar but still want to buy Japanese equities. 

The top holdings featured in the fund include well-established names like Toyota Motor Corp, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and Japan Tobacco Inc and spans across industries such as consumer discretionary and industrial.

WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend Fund (NASDAQ: DXJS) 

Underlying indexWisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend Index
Assets under management (AUM)$66.1 million
Expense ratio0.58%
Dividend Yield2.89%
As of 08/04/2024, Morningstar

The DXJS tracks the WisdomTree Japan Hedged SmallCap Equity Index and seeks to provide investors exposure to the small capitalisation segment of the Japanese equity markets.

The fund’s expense ratio currently stands at 0.58%, making it  one of the more expensive ETFs in the market. Like the DXJ fund, investing in DXJS can help mitigate your portfolio’s exposure to fluctuations of the Japanese yen against the U.S dollar. 

Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM)

Market capUS$332.7B
12M Forward P/E10.71
12M Dividend Yield1.64%
As of 11/04/2024, Syfe

Toyota Motor Corp. is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, engaging in the design, manufacture, and sale of automobiles like cars, vans, related vehicles and their parts. 

The company has seen an overall improvement in performance with EPS, revenue, and EBITDA up from FY2023.

Sony Group Corporation (NYSE: SONY) 

Market capUS$103.3B
12M Forward P/E15.21
12M Dividend Yield0.49%
As of 11/04/2024, Syfe

Sony Group Corp is a conglomerate that is best known for the development, design, production, manufacture, and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, and components. The company’s offerings include games, cameras, and electronics like televisions. The company is experiencing a healthy momentum in 2024, with its stock growing by 9.5% year to date compared with the sub-industry’s increase of 7.6%.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MUFG) 

Market capUS$119.1B
12M Forward P/E11.92
12M Dividend Yield2%
As of 11/04/2024, Syfe

MUFG offers a variety of financial and investment services including commercial banking, trust banking, international finance, and assets management services. The company’s EPS rose by 3.91% while its revenue rose 4.15% compared to last year.

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (NYSE: SMFG) 

Market capUS$76.6B
12M Forward P/E11.45
12M Dividend Yield2.55%
As of 11/04/2024, Syfe

The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is one of the 3 mega-bank groups in Japan; it provides financial products and services and operates in retail, corporate, and investment banking segments globally. The firm saw an increase in EPS and revenue from FY2023, up 5.65% and 4.24% respectively.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (NYSE: HMC) 

Market capUS$59.5B
12M Forward P/E8.38
12M Dividend Yield2.23%
As of 11/04/2024, Syfe

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a global company most known for their manufacturing prowess and distribution of automobiles like motorcycles.

The company has shown strong room for growth by concentrating its efforts on expanding its lineup of electric vehicles, a move in line with the increasing demand for eco-friendly vehicles. 

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (NYSE: TAK)

Market capUS$42.8B
12M Forward P/E28.49
12M Dividend Yield4.14%
As of 10/04/2024, Syfe

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a Japanese company that is mainly involved in the pharmaceutical business. The company engages in the research, development, manufacture, marketing, and out-licensing of pharmaceutical products in Japan and overseas.

While the company isn’t anything to shout about, the positive is that its performance has been relatively stable over the past few years, with EPS and EBITDA up from last year.

How to Invest in Japan Stocks

Interested to invest in stocks from Japan?

Syfe lets you seamlessly invest into these Japan companies via American Depository Receipts (ADRs) in the various US exchanges.

To start trading, simply download the app, sign up for Syfe and you’re good to go!