Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA), the American billionaire’s industrial and insurance coverage conglomerate, on Sunday introduced that it has bought stakes in Japan’s 5 main buying and selling corporations. The stakes are worth roughly 5% every, and have a mixed value of $6.7 billion primarily based on the businesses’ share costs Monday. The 5 corporations — Itochu (ITOCF), Marubeni (MARUY), Mitsubishi (MBFJF), Mitsui (MITSY) and Sumitomo (CMTDF) — are often called “sogo shosha,” or “normal buying and selling corporations,” in Japan. They play a significant position within the nation’s financial system, dealing in a variety of industries, together with vitality, expertise and manufacturing. “I’m delighted to have Berkshire Hathaway take part in the way forward for Japan and the 5 corporations we now have chosen for funding,” Buffett mentioned in a press release, noting that the corporations have worldwide enterprise partnerships. “I hope that sooner or later there may be alternatives of mutual profit.”Berkshire mentioned that it purchased the holdings during the last yr by means of common purchases on the Tokyo Stock Change.Japanese corporations haven’t all the time welcomed international direct funding and a few, reminiscent of New York hedge fund Third Level’s stake in Sony, have turned contentious. However Buffett is a family identify in Japan and books about his legendary funding model have been mainstays in Japanese bookstores for years.The businesses’ stocks surged on the information, popping between 4% and 10% in Japan. The benchmark Nikkei 225 (N225) surged greater than 1% as of Monday afternoon.Berkshire mentioned it intends to carry onto the investments for the lengthy haul, including that it may enhance the dimensions of its holdings to as a lot as 9.9%. The stakes are amongst Berkshire’s most notable inroads in Asia. It additionally has a significant stake in BYD (BYDDF), the most important electrical car maker in China.It is also an indication of how Berkshire may be making an attempt to hedge towards a weak US greenback, in accordance with Stephen Innes, chief international market strategist for AxiCorp, a Sydney-based monetary providers agency.Innes identified that Berkshire earlier this month revealed that it had purchased a stake in Barrick (GOLD), a Canadian gold mining agency that is likely one of the world’s most precious. Gold costs have benefited from the US greenback’s weak point this yr, rising to all-time highs.Because the world continues to work towards restoration from Covid-19, Innes mentioned, the Japanese buying and selling homes that Berkshire is now investing in “can be a sizzling commodity,” as they deal within the buying and selling of assets. “They would be the conduits to stoke Japan’s financial engines,” he added.– Kaori Enjoji contributed to this report.