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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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Japan’s smaller banks: a different kind of reinvention

October 1, 2015

Narrower scopes, smaller balance sheets and limited global footprints are not stopping smaller Japanese banks from reinventing themselves at a time when diversifying revenue sources is key. Stefania Palma assesses their progress.

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Japan’s mega-banks: a different kind of growth story

September 1, 2015

Japan's mega-banks – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group – have faced a number of challenges over the past few years, from the country's low-interest-rate environment to its ageing population. However, by diversifying their revenue sources and geographical portfolios, these lenders are managing to defy stagnant domestic conditions.

G-SIBs threatened with higher leverage ratio

July 2, 2015
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A higher leverage ratio requirement would prove a challenge to 13 global systematically important banks.

Top 1000 World Banks – Japanese banks struggle to grow in tough environment

June 29, 2015

Japan's banks continue to be affected by deflation, showing mixed results in 2015's Top 1000 World Banks ranking. 

Sukuk sheds its niche status

November 3, 2014

The growth of 'hard' currency sukuk issuance is pushing the market to the next level, as new issuers and new investors flock to the sharia-compliant finance space to capitalise on the growth prospects of emerging economies in the Gulf and Asia. 

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ makes Thai powerplay

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ makes Thai powerplay

October 1, 2014

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's purchase of Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya last year was indicative of the wealth of opportunities opening up in the south-east Asian economy.

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The job of reforming Japan's labour market

October 1, 2014

Japan's unemployment rate may be shrinking but behind this headline figure lurks problems such as low labour mobility and excessive reliance on part-time employment. These are deep-rooted issues that new government initiatives are trying to flush out.

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