Don't Let Nomura Scandal Taint Japan: Pro


Bad news out of Japan including the resignation of Nomura's CEO following an insider trading scandal and a sharp drop in profits at Nissan, investors should not shy away from Japan, Ed Rogers, chief executive officer at Rogers Investment Advisors K.K. told CNBC.

Rogers remains bullish on the prospects for Japan’s economy, and expressed confidence in the Japanese auto sector.

“We’ve already been through our lost decade and we’re still in great shape,” Rogers told CNBC.

“Although China is slowing down, we’ve seen the U.S. picking up and car sales are dramatically expanding in South East Asia, for example in Indonesia," he said.

“Cars are a great commodity, in that you can pick up production and move it elsewhere, as Nissan is doing now,” Roger said, added that “Nissan still has great management and great cars.”

Rogers wants investors to draw the distinction between Japanese banks and Japanese securities firms, like Nomura . “The securities business is a very tough business to be in right now. You’re fighting regulators globally, you’re fighting public opinion and you’re fighting probably the biggest deleveraging we’ve seen since the great depression in the 1930s,” he said, and added that “Nomura is in for more tough times, no matter who is at the helm.”

“The insider trading scandal is a short-term black eye for sure, but the regulators are on the prowl (…) and the Japanese banking sector is the best in the world,” he said.