Peter Tasker

Founding partner, Arcus Investments
Columnist, Newsweek Japan

Leading authority on Japanese equity markets and the Japanese economy.

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Peter Tasker is recognised as one of the foremost authorities on Japanese finance, economics and culture. Ranked as the No. 1 equity strategist by Japanese institutional investors for five years running, Mr. Tasker was Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s market strategist in Tokyo from 1983 to 1998.

A British national, Mr. Tasker first came to Japan in 1977. He has written a number of critically acclaimed books on the Japanese economy based on his long experience with the country.

He is now a founding partner of Arcus Investments, a hedge fund that specialises in value investment in Japanese securities.

Peter has also been a columnist for Newsweek Japan for ten years and is a well-known TV commentator.

He has also written a series of noir novels featuring the cash-strapped, engagingly jaundiced Inspector Mori, his fictional private eye and anti-hero.

Mr. Tasker won an open scholarship to Balliol College (Oxford University) where he read English Literature and subsequently Law. He is fluent in Japanese.


  • Columnist, Newsweek Japan
  • Former financial strategist, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson
  • Founder, Arcus Investment
  • Voted #1 analyst in Japan by the Japanese community five years running


Dragon Dance (2003)

Maximum Target (2001)

Japan In Play (1999)

Japan 2020 (1997)

Can Japan Survive? (1994)

Restructuring Japan (1993)

The End of the Japanese Golden Era (1992)

The Japanese: Portrait of a Nation (1988)

Inside Japan (1987)

Noir novels

Dragon Dance (2003)

Samurai Boogie (1999)

The Buddha Kiss (1997)

Silent Thunder (1992)


Peter tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

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