Japan is the world's third-largest economy after the US and China. Although many of its corporate giants are well-known to foreign investors, its smaller and medium-sized companies receive scant investment research coverage.
However, this sector of the market is where some of the strongest gains can be made and that is why it is important to have fund managers on your side to pick the best opportunities among the 3,500-odd listed Japanese companies.
Prime minister Shinzo Abe's reform-minded government and the money-printing activities of the central bank helped the stock market to soar until the end of 2015. In the past year, however, returns to UK investors have been boosted by sterling's weakness against the yen and other major currencies.
Our eight Rated Funds for Japan are spread among two investment trusts and six funds. The majority of them are focused on smaller companies, but there is also an income-minded option that has been among our Rated Funds for the past five years. All are run by fund managers with intimate knowledge of the country and its stock market.