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Top 1000 World Banks - Japan's strength fails to translate into global gains

July 3, 2017

While the domestic performance of Japan’s banks has been generally positive, the global ranking sees more of them losing ground or remaining static rather than improving on last year’s positions. Stefania Palma reports.

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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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Japanese banks exploit regional partnerships to move into CLMV countries

July 1, 2016

As Thailand loses some of its allure, Japan’s big banks are following their corporates into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, using their Thai subsidiaries as strategic partners. Peter Janssen reports.

Top 1000 World Banks – A more positive picture for Japan's banks

June 29, 2016

Almost all the leading Japanese lenders have moved up the ranking thanks to strong growth in Tier 1 capital, while its three mega-banks continue to dominate the country ranking.

Mizuho takes on the Americas

Mizuho takes on the Americas

January 4, 2016

How is Japanese mega-bank Mizuho growing its investment banking franchise in the Americas? Stefania Palma talks to Mizuho Securities USA's chief executive, John Koudounis, to find out.

TPP to benefit a third of global economy

October 12, 2015

Signatories hope the landmark trade deal will bolster trade worldwide after a tepid recovery from the crisis.

Norinchukin Bank looks overseas to escape Japanese torpor

October 1, 2015

The poor state of Japan's farmland, fishing grounds and forests should spell bad news for the co-operative financial operation that traditionally caters to these fields – Norinchukin Bank. However, as its CEO explains, the lender's overseas activities and the country's thirst for innovation have seen it post record profits recently.

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Beyond the big three: how Japan's smaller banks are faring

October 1, 2015

Aside from its three mega-banks, Japan has a financial network that includes shinkin banks, co-operative banks and city and regional institutions. Stefania Palma explores how each is responding to Japan’s economic slowdown given their different mandates, structures and resources.

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