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The Japan Equity Fund, Inc. Announces Annual Distribution for 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Japan Equity Fund, Inc. Announces Annual Distribution for 201212:49 EST Friday, December 21, 2012PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japan Equity Fund, Inc. (NYSE: JEQ) (the "Fund"), a closed-end management investment company, today announced a dividend to the Fund's shareholders of U.S. $0.064553 per share. This dividend will be paid in cash from ordinary income.  (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121106/NE07292LOGO )Shareholders who participate in the Fund's Dividend Reinvestment and Cash Purchase Plan will receive an equivalent dividend amount in shares of the Fund.The dividend will be payable on January 11, 2013 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2012. The ex-dividend date will be December 27, 2012.Closed-end funds are traded on the secondary market through one of the stock exchanges. The Fund's investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares may be worth more or less than the original cost. Shares of closed-end funds may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) the net asset value (NAV) of the fund's portfolio. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. Past performance does not guarantee future results.www.japanequityfund.com SOURCE The Japan Equity Fund, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, 866-839-5205, InvestorRelations@aberdeen-asset.com