As we pointed out in our Top 100 Funds feature in July 2012, Japan has been the world's most disappointing major stock market. But, as it is a major economy, a balanced portfolio would still have some exposure. However, over the six months to 10 December 2012, the MSCI Japan Index has risen 5.8 per cent and analysts at Coutts and Rothschild Wealth Management are tipping it as an economy that could surprise on the upside in 2013.
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