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Good Sun Rising

As Japan's economy gets stronger, so do the funds.

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This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Don Cassidy, a senior research analyst at Lipper, says that for the calendar year 2005, the average return for Japanese funds was 33.64 percent. "That was enough to push their previously lagging longer-period returns from minus to plus signs all the way back for 15 years," he says.

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