man on tablet

Berkshire Hathaway Invests in Japan



Acquiring a 5% Stake in Five Companies

After staying fairly quiet for most of the pandemic, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway made a substantial investment in Japan. On Monday, Berkshire Hathaway announced that it purchased just over 5% of several of the nation’s largest companies: Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui (MITSY), Sumitomo Corp. (SSUMY), Itochu Corp. (ITOCY), and Marubeni Corp. (MARUY).

Though Berkshire Hathaway did not disclose how much it paid for the stakes in each of the companies, it is estimated that the total outlay came in at roughly $6 billion.

Company Profiles

The five companies have long, notable histories in Japan. Sumitomo even dates back to the 17th century. Each of the firms have investments in a diverse array of sectors, and they all have stakes in energy and mining interests. Additionally, Mitsubishi and Itochu both own large convenience-store chains in Japan.
Berkshire Hathaway may have been attracted to these companies because, in general, their stock valuations are low relative to their profits. Part of this may be because of their exposure to oil and natural-gas fields.

Looking for Unique Opportunities

Berkshire Hathaway said it plans to hold its new investments for the long term, which is generally on par with how Warren Buffett views his holdings. If the price is right, the company may increase its stake in some of the Japanese firms up to 9.9%.

As some US stock indexes top record highs, Warren Buffett is searching for opportunities in less familiar markets, like overseas in Japan.


Please understand that this information provided is general in nature and shouldn’t be construed as a recommendation or solicitation of any products offered by SoFi’s affiliates and subsidiaries. In addition, this information is by no means meant to provide investment or financial advice, nor is it intended to serve as the basis for any investment decision or recommendation to buy or sell any asset. Keep in mind that investing involves risk, and past performance of an asset never guarantees future results or returns. It’s important for investors to consider their specific financial needs, goals, and risk profile before making an investment decision.
The information and analysis provided through hyperlinks to third party websites, while believed to be accurate, cannot be guaranteed by SoFi. These links are provided for informational purposes and should not be viewed as an endorsement. No brands or products mentioned are affiliated with SoFi, nor do they endorse or sponsor this content.
Communication of SoFi Wealth LLC an SEC Registered Investment Advisor
SoFi isn’t recommending and is not affiliated with the brands or companies displayed. Brands displayed neither endorse or sponsor this article. Third party trademarks and service marks referenced are property of their respective owners.
SOSS090102


All your finances.
All in one app.

App Store rating

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

ABOUT SoFi SoFi helps people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing, and protecting give our more than one million members fast access to tools to get their money right. SoFi membership comes with the key essentials for getting ahead, including career advisors and connection to a thriving community of like-minded, ambitious people. For more information, visit SoFi.com. Want an easy and convenient way to manage your financial life? Get the SoFi app. For iOS and Android.


TLS 1.2 Encrypted
Equal Housing Lender