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Annual General Meeting - substantially reduced programme

Japan Trust

Japan Trust - Investment Trust Range

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 10am - Flat 2, Fidelity International, Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9DZ.

Message from the Chairman - David Robins

In response to the wide spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Stay at Home Measures were passed into law in England and Wales on 26 March 2020, with immediate effect. These measures dictate that gatherings of more than two people are not permitted.

However, the legal requirement to hold an AGM remains in force and we are therefore obliged to convene the meeting at 10.00 am on 19 May 2020 at Flat 2, Fidelity International, Oakhill House, 130 Tonbridge Road, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9DZ. 

As the attendance of more than two people at an AGM (other than where this is essential for work purposes) is not permitted under the Stay at Home Measures, not to mention unsafe for the attendees, the Chairman will exercise his statutory powers to exclude other attendees. This means that any of those whose presence is not 'essential for work purposes' will be excluded, once two people (including the Chairman of the meeting) are present. The other member has already been contacted and has confirmed his attendance in person. Therefore, anyone who ignores the Stay at Home Measures and attempts to join the meeting will not be admitted.
 
With this in mind, this year’s AGM will run with a substantially reduced programme. The meeting will be restricted to the formal business of the meeting as set out in the Annual Report and voting on the resolutions therein. On this occasion, the Portfolio Manager will not attend the meeting. His presentation will be pre-recorded and made available on the website www.fidelityinvestmenttrusts.com as soon as practicable. Hard copies of the presentation will also be made available by post on request to the Secretary, contact details for which can be found in the Annual Report. 

It is not the Board’s intention to exclude or discount the views of the Company’s shareholders, but at the moment, the health of all investors, workforce and officers must be paramount. We urge all shareholders to make use of the proxy form provided. If you hold shares through the Fidelity Platform or a nominee (and not directly in your own name) please contact the company with which you hold your shares to determine alternative options (if available) for lodging your voting instructions. 

We encourage all investors who have any questions or comments to contact the Secretary so that she can relay your comments to the Board, and we will respond in due course. The Secretary’s contact details can be found in the Annual Report. 

We thank you for your cooperation and sincerely hope to resume the meeting’s usual format in future.

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Important information

The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up, so you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns. Fidelity Japan Trust PLC can use financial derivative instruments for investment purposes, which may expose it to a higher degree of risk and can cause investments to experience larger than average price fluctuations. Overseas investments will be affected by movements in currency exchange rates. Investments in smaller companies can carry a higher risk because their share prices may be more volatile than those of larger companies. Reference to specific securities should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell these securities and is included for the purposes of illustration only. Investors should note that the views expressed may no longer be current and may have already been acted upon. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.