Japanese stocks have disappointed investors thus far in 2016, despite the Bank of Japan's attempt to stimulate the economy via negative interest rates. Christopher Gannatti, associate director of research at WisdomTree, said investors should not give up on Japan because there are positive things going on beneath the surface especially when it comes to dividends. 'Last year you saw a lot of big dividend increases from March into April,' said Gannatti. The WisdomTree Japan Quality Dividend Growth ETF ( JDG) is down 6% year-to-date. The fund owns well known Japanese corporations like NTT Docomo ( NTDMF) , Japan Tobacco ( JAPAF) and Toyota ( TOYOF) . WisdomTree also offers as hedged version of the fund ( JHDG) which has dropped over 9% due to the 7.6% rise in the Yen versus the dollar over the past three months.