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Japan’s banks rebuilt

August 2, 2004

After more than a decade wallowing in debt and seemingly unable to turn themselves around, Japan’s banks appear to be looking to new products and client segments to rejuvenate their business models and spread risk throughout the system. Geraldine Lambe reports.
For more than a decade, the Japanese banking system has suffered from painful indigestion – burdened by crippling levels of debt that the banks and the government were unable or unwilling to work out of the system. Whether we blame government policy, overly-cosy relationships between banks and borrowers or a lost decade of recession and deflation, Japan’s banks have for years failed to find a way to make themselves more profitable.

Merger marks Japan’s reform progress

August 2, 2004

Last month’s proposal of marriage between MTFG and UFJ would create the largest bank in Japan, but it will only be positive news if the two businesses can be integrated, writes Geraldine Lambe
For the Japanese banking system, recuperation has been a long and painful process. It is only now, after more than a decade of despair, that Japan’s so-called mega-banks are ready to start performing as mega-banks should.

Japan provides missing piece for regional custody solution

July 2, 2004

Asia Pacific’s geographical diversity makes the idea of a regional approach to custody seem far-fetched. But, as Francis Maguire reports, if the Japanese market can be cracked, then a regional solution may be possible.

Japan: not yet out of the woods

January 5, 2004

The government’s rescue of Ashikaga regional bank illustrates that, while Japan’s economic outlook has improved, there are still areas of concern.

Japanese banks determined not to repeat previous mistakes

April 2, 2001

With Japan’s economic problems having the potential to wreak havoc on a global scale, Japan’s banks must haul themselves out of a hole of their own making, reports Anthony Rowley in Tokyo.

Size isn't everything (but it helps)

November 1, 1999

The recent wave of banking mergers will create some of the largest banks in the world. They also reveal a determination to compete at a world-class level.

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