There has been plenty of activity in Japan thus far in 2005, to keep market participants happy. Last week saw the launch of an RMBS from UFJ Bank, synthetic arbitrage CDO put together by Daiwa Securities, equipment-lease deal by Showa Leasing Co. and the latest CLO for small and medium sized companies by government agency JASME.
One of the more interesting offerings came from the construction conglomerate Kajima Corp. The company established a private real estate trust, into which it transferred the rights of four commercial buildings from its portfolio. Kajima then raised *30 billion ($286.1 million) from the facility by issuing trust certificates backed by rental income generated on the properties.