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Are emerging market banks more transparent?

December 21, 2011

Banks in emerging markets appear to run greater risks to achieve greater returns. But they may just be more conservative in assessing their risks.

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Mitsubishi UFJ-Morgan Stanley joint venture takes shape

December 1, 2011

Morgan Stanley's joint venture in Japan with Mitsubishi UFJ Group has been criticised by competitors as a concession to MUFG for its huge investment in the US bank at the height of the financial crisis. However, Jonathan Kindred, CEO of MSMS, one of the companies formed by the joint venture, is adamant that the long-term benefits of the move will prove the critics wrong.

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Asian growth story evades Japanese banks

December 1, 2011

Japan's banks recorded unremarkable increases in profitability and returns over the past year, yet the country's big players have maintained their prominence within the global rankings, suggesting that their disappointing performance is part of a wider global trend. But with the data from the months following the disasters of March 2011 yet to be revealed, the performance of Japan's banks could yet take a further hit.

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Is Nomura running out of time?

November 1, 2011

With its acquisition of Lehman Brothers' non-US operations, Nomura made an audacious bid to join the global investment banking elite. Little did it know that its bold move would coincide with the worst economic and financial environment for the best part of a century. However, its senior management believe that if they hold their nerve, the gamble can still reap the rewards they originally expected.  

Atushi Saito

Japan still integral to Asian and global economic progression

September 1, 2011

Moves to establish economic communities in Asia are gathering pace. Atsushi Saito, president and CEO of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, explains why Japan will be a leader in any such regionalisation.

Shinsei Bank leads Japan's return to profit

June 30, 2011

Shinsei Bank in Japan is back in the black thanks largely to its newly appointed president, Shigeki Toma, who has shifted the institution away from non-core sectors, and towards emerging industries and a new customer base at home and abroad.

Japanese banks show signs of recovery

June 30, 2011

The past few Top 1000 rankings have been characterised by a decline in the Japanese banking sector. However, figures for this year – taken before devastating earthquake hit the north-east of the country – show a reversal in fortune for Japan's banks.

Japan's nuclear energy

The wider impact of Japan's nuclear crisis

June 1, 2011

The earthquake in Japan in March inevitably forced short-term changes in the country’s energy consumption, but the long-term implications for energy and other commodities are far-reaching. 

Protests about nuclear power

The nuclear policy debate after Fukushima

June 1, 2011

The accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami has led many countries to slow down or cease their nuclear energy programmes.

Masaaki Shirekawa, governor, Bank of Japan

The Bank of Japan must wake up and act

December 23, 2010

The Japanese central bank must use its unique position within the country's political system to eradicate entrenched thinking and kick-start its stagnant economy. Writer Charles Smith

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