Richard Aston

Portfolio Manager

Richard Aston manages the CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc and also the Chikara Japan Income & Growth Fund (Irish UCITS fund). He has more than 20 years of experience in Japanese equities and a more than a total of 25 years of investment experience. He first moved into the finance industry as an Investment Analyst with Sun Life Asset Management (now part of AXA Investment Managers) in 1992. After various roles within the asset management team, Richard was appointed as a Portfolio Manager on the Japanese desk in 1997. In 2000, he was appointed Head of Japanese equities at Chase Asset Management in London. Following the merger of Chase Manhattan, Flemings and JPMorgan, Richard became a member of the JPMorgan Asset Management Japanese Equities based in London and, subsequently, in Tokyo. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2008.  In December 2010, Richard returned to London and joined Chikara Investments LLP. Richard graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Engineering and a sponsorship from GEC Industrial Controls.

Jonathan Dobson

Chief Investment Officer – Japan

Jonathan Dobson manages the Chikara Japan Alpha fund. Jonathan has more than 25 years of experience in Japanese equities. Jonathan started his career in finance in September 1990, when he joined the Credit Suisse First Boston Graduate Trainee programme in Capital Markets. In March 1992, Jonathan moved to Jardine Fleming Securities, Tokyo, as a Senior Analyst covering the Japanese autos, auto parts and steel sectors. In June 1994, Jonathan started his career in investment management by moving across to managing the Japanese small company funds at Jardine Fleming Asset Management, Tokyo. He was promoted to the Head of the Small Company Funds Team in 1996 and promoted to Director in 1998. In April 2001, Jonathan relocated to JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, London, to run a number of long-only Japanese equity funds. In April 2002, Jonathan was promoted to Managing Director. In March 2006, Jonathan left JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, London, to take a sabbatical, and in November 2006 joined Chikara Investments LLP as a partner of the firm.

Megumi Takayama


Megumi works as an investment analyst, covering Japanese equities. She started her career in 2006 , when she joined the Bloomberg London Graduate Trainee programme in Analytics. In 2007, Megumi moved to a sales role at Japaninvest London (since acquired by Haitong Securities), focusing specifically on Japanese small and mid-sized companies. After various analytical roles within research houses, Megumi returned to the Japanese equities market in 2011 as a Japanese equities saleswoman at SMBC Nikko, moving to Nomura International in 2015. Following this she joined Norinchukin Bank as a credit analyst in London in 2017, thereafter she joined Chikara Investments LLP in 2018. Megumi graduated from Nihon University with a BA degree in Economics. Thereafter, she attained an MA in Japanese Studies from London University (SOAS) as well as an MPhil in European Studies from Cambridge University.