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Japan’s banks feel the strain, but MUFG remains on top

July 4, 2022

Japan’s banks have struggled during the past year, with declines in Tier 1 capital seeing them slide down the 2022 ranking.

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Japan policy unmoved over declining yen

May 27, 2022

Japan’s currency has seen a significant decline in value since the start of 2022, yet there has been little policy movement to mitigate this. 

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Activist investors shaking up Japan Inc

May 3, 2022

Japan’s way of doing business has in many ways not changed for decades. This presents a wealth of untapped potential for activist investors looking to drive greater profitability. 

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The rise of activist investors in Japan

April 25, 2022

Activist investors are reshaping how businesses operate in Japan. 

Japan’s banks hit growth plateau

September 1, 2021

Japan’s banks held on in a volatile environment but saw little capital growth. 

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Asian banks ramp up regional expansion drives

August 18, 2021

In the face of saturated local markets, banks in Japan, South Korea and Singapore are increasingly looking elsewhere in the region.

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Japan seeks to shake off cash

August 2, 2021

Japan’s digital payments vision has been slow to get off the ground.

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Corporate default risk on the rise in Japan

May 14, 2021

As some sectors struggle, banks’ provisions for loan losses are equivalent to just 0.3% of assets.

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Developed market banks ‘can withstand higher defaults’

December 10, 2020

G-SIBs can afford core capital ratios to fall by 5 percentage points before eating into capital buffers, according to Capital Economics.

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Redrawing Asia’s trade maps

October 1, 2020

As Asia grapples with the aftermath of Covid-19, previous challenges have returned to the fore. 

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