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Fintech focus and international expansion bring boost to Japan's mega-banks

June 1, 2017

The central bank’s negative interest rate regime has hit Japan’s banking sector hard. But three local mega-institutions have shown resilience, both at home – partly through fintech investments – and abroad – by aggressive international expansion. Stefania Palma reports.

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Japan takes a radical approach to spark economic revival

June 1, 2017

Negative inflation, stagnant wage growth and an ageing population are forcing Japanese policy-makers to take innovative and, some would say, counterproductive measures to revive the economy. Stefania Palma reports.

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Japanese private equity: at a turning point?

June 1, 2017

Japan's private equity market may contribute only a small percentage of the country's GDP but, amid a sluggish economic revival, there are signs it is beginning to have a greater influence, reports Stefania Palma.

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CEO fine-tunes Maybank's business at home and abroad

May 2, 2017

Maybank’s president and CEO, Abdul Farid Alias, tells Stefania Palma how the lender is refining asset and liability management in its home market of Malaysia while growing in south-east Asian markets such as Indonesia.

Idris Jala teaser

Pemandu chief takes Malaysia down moderate path

May 2, 2017

The CEO of Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit, more commonly known as Pemandu, tells Stefania Palma how his decision to avoid a high-leverage economic model is benefiting the country.

Myanmar finds small solutions are best as microfinance fills funding gap

April 4, 2017

Microfinance is coming to the rescue in Myanmar as the country’s nascent capital markets struggle to meet its funding needs. Nikkei staff writer Yukako Ono reports.

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Top 100 Asean Banks: Singapore stays strong but Cambodia on the rise

April 3, 2017

Though Singapore’s ‘big three’ continue to take the top spots in The Banker’s Top 100 Asean Banks ranking, the more notable performances come from lenders in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Stefania Palma reports.

Takehiko Nakao teaser

Asian Development Bank president looks forwards on 50th anniversary

April 3, 2017

As the Asian Development Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary, president Takehiko Nakao talks to Stefania Palma about the organisation’s achievements, future objectives and approach to the effects of geopolitical risk on the region.

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Cambodia continues along path to progress

April 3, 2017

Cambodia’s remarkable economic growth has allowed the country to emerge from its war-torn past and build a thriving financial system based largely on microfinance. Peter Janssen reports.

Chea Serey teaser

National Bank of Cambodia director-general looks to profit from peace

April 3, 2017

Chea Serey, director-general of the National Bank of Cambodia, talks to Peter Janssen about building a post-conflict banking environment and not signing up to Basel.

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