Vontobel Asset Management has opened an office in Japan and named Goji Yoshino as the country head for Japan.

The Japan outpost is registered as an investment advisory and agency business in the country.

The firm has been catering to the country’s institutional clients and consultants since 2010.

Vontobel Asset Management Asia Pacific CEO Ulrich Behm said: “Our onshore presence in Japan reaffirms Vontobel’s commitment to institutional clients in the country.

“Goji’s experience and client-oriented mindset are crucial in expanding our product offerings to meet investor demand for actively managed investment solutions.”

At Vontobel Asset Management, Yoshino has been tasked with overseeing relationships with financial institutions, and consultant relations. He will also help in developing new distribution partnerships.

He previously worked as the head of institutional sales at BlueBay Asset Management.

In that role, his remit included financial institutions, public and corporate pension funds and consultants.

His financial career of over 25 years also includes a stint at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he managed institutional sales and client service.

Yoshino stated: “As Japanese investors are facing low yields, Vontobel’s multi-boutique capabilities offer the differentiated and sustainable solutions that institutional investors are looking for.”

The Japan office launch further strengthens Vontobel Asset Management’s presence in the Asia Pacific region.

This October, the firm opened an office in Singapore. Its other offices in Asia are located in Hong Kong, where it has been operating since 2008, and Sydney.

In the first nine months of this year, asset management remained Vontobel’s most profitable unit, led by the Fixed Income Boutique, including TwentyFour Asset Management, and the Multi Asset and Sustainable & Thematic Investing boutiques.