Markets - Japan

Investing in Japan Stock Market


Japan Market at a glance

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Japan is the world's third-largest economy. Its stock market is also the biggest in Asia. Globally, Japan is the fourth largest stock market after the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Known primarily for its electronics and automobile industries, Japan is reputed as a highly advanced and innovative country and home to global makers of computers, digital cameras and other electronic gadgets.

Japan also attracts increased global attention for its "soft power", i.e. a positive view of Japan in the areas of fashion, consumer products, contents, food and more. Japan has been able to leverage its soft-power assets by increasing economic, educational, and cultural interactions with other countries.

Diversification opportunities

For those looking to diversify their portfolio, Japan provides the opportunity to tap into car makers, computer companies as well as financial services providers. Japan has a well-established and mature financial market that makes it attractive to international investors.

Market liquidity

As one of the largest stock exchanges in the world, Japan attracts massive investment inflow from around the globe. This means deep liquidity and high volume of trades for active traders as well as long-term investors. Aside from its stock market, Japan also has an active population trading the currency (forex) market.

Leading companies and investment opportunities in Japan

If you are looking to invest in the Japanese stock market, here are some of the companies you can consider:

  • Electronic equipment – Hitachi, Kyocera
  • Automobile manufacturers – Toyota, Honda, Isuzu Motors, Nissan
  • Pharmaceuticals – Daiichi Sankyo, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma
  • Investment & Banking – Nomura, Daiwa Securities, Monex Group
  • Diversified Chemicals – Mitsubishi Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemicals

Why invest in Japan stock market?

  • Biggest stock market in Asia
  • World-class technological innovation and product development
  • Japanese companies have a global presence and reputation
  • Sectors with large growth potential (e.g. Japan has the second largest healthcare market in the world)
  • Japanese companies are benefiting from the economic development of its Asian neighbours, in particular, the growing Chinese market

To invest in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, you can use the Monex Securities Australia multi-market platform. This easy to use platform gives you access to more than 50,000 listed securities in 12 global markets including the US, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Market Basic (Data Source: WFE December 2018)

Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. (TSE) 

  • Market Capitalization: $5.30 (USD Trillion) 
  • No. of Listed Companies: 3,657

Exchange Trading Hours

Market Japan Time  Australia Time (AEST Summer) Australia Time (AEST Winter)
Pre-Open  8:30 am – 9:00 am 10:30 am – 11:00 am 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Normal Trading 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lunch break 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

What does Monex Securities Australia Offer?


The Monex trading platform provides exposure to the Japanese stock market. The symbol lookup tool helps you find all stocks listed on the TSE.


Brokerage fees start at JPY 2,500 and are capped at 0.10% of the total order size. Full list of fees can be found at  Fees and Charges.

Order Types

We provide a collection of powerful online trading order types to fit your strategy. Simply pre-set your orders and let our system do the work for you. Order types include: Market order, Limit order, Sell stop-limit order, two-way sell order and Chain orders.


Watchlists are a perfect tool to help you keep a close eye on your  international investments. Our platform allows you to add stocks across to markets to one watchlist.