Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Has A Monstrous Japanese Bet

Russell Burns

9 days ago4:15 mins

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Has A Monstrous Japanese Bet

If you had an investing moodboard, you’d probably have at least four photos of Warren Buffett surrounded by pink hearts. So now that Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/B US) has upped its stakes in the five biggest Japanese commodity-trading companies, let’s flesh out why you may – or may not – want to take the hint.

What has Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway invested in?

Berkshire announced a 5% stake in each of these five Japanese commodity-trading firms back in August 2020: Itochu Corp (8001 JP), Mitsubishi Corp (8058 JP), Mitsui Corp (8031 JP), Marubeni Corp (8002 JP), and Sumitomo Corp (8053 JP). And as you can see in the chart below, so far they’ve notched stellar returns in yen that range from Itochu’s 97% to Marubeni’s 248%.

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