Mods: Can you please remove any off-topic responses to this post? I am hoping this thread can be a good resource for beginner investors; all constructive input is appreciated.
There are two schools of thought about Japanese stocks. The first is that Japan is a basket-case, with no future worth mentioning. Much has been written in other threads about how Japan can never recover from its present situation. People who subscribe to the first school can go here for inspiration about long-term investing: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35729174/ns/us_news-giving
The second second school of thought is that Japanese companies are so beaten up that they represent good value. Last year, Warren Buffett visited Japan for the first time. Those who are interested can read why he came to Japan, aged 81, here: http://www.investingdaily.com/14541/...st-in-60-years
I'm interested in people who belong to the second school of thought. If you are a serious investor with "skin in the game" and have done some work on the topic, feel free to share on this thread or PM me.
Gaijin06 once posted on this topic and was skeptical of Japanese stocks. Coming from an insider who worked in the financial markets, some of his posts about Japanese stocks were scary. I wonder if the situation has changed and if attitudes to shareholders and investors have improved.