Liberty Financial is joining a dozen U.S. mutual fund companies that have introduced funds in Japan to get a jump on Japanese consumers' gradual acceptance of the products.

Liberty has created a new company, Liberty Financial Japan, and will offer Japanese investors shares of the Colonial Strategic Income Fund, a pre-existing bond fund sold in the U.S. with $1.6 billion under management. The new class of shares is for Japanese investors exclusively. The fund will be sold through the Japanese brokerage firm Tokai Maruman and several other firms: Tokyo Securities, Naito Securities, Shinei-Ishino Securities, Chiyoda Securities and Japan Global Securities.

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