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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.

Top 1000 World Banks – Japanese lenders endure a challenging year

June 30, 2014

Despite increasing profits, the performance of Japan's banks continues to suffer across most metrics. 

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Japan's banks return to health, if not profitability

April 22, 2014

After years of rationalisation and restructuring following the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s, Japan's largest banks – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group – are much healthier than their Western and Chinese counterparts, but they are still struggling to increase profitability.

Central Banker of the Year awards

Central Bank Governor of the Year 2014

January 2, 2014

The Banker’s Central Bank Governor of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Banks see the silver lining in Japans new demographic

Banks see the silver lining in Japan's new demographic

November 1, 2013

Japan's ageing population may be a burden on the country's younger generations, but the older population is proving to be a profitable target market for the country's banks, which are addressing the needs of this growing market segment with new products and services.

A brave, new Bitcoin world

A brave, new Bitcoin world?

August 1, 2013

Bitcoin – an audacious, innovative and 'mathematically fantastic' virtual currency, or an unregulated, volatile and opaque money channel? The Banker puts that question to banks, regulators and technology experts to get their take. 

Daiwa makes US and Europe push

Daiwa makes US and Europe push

August 1, 2013

The first yen issue for Slovakia since 1994, a debut Finnish non-sovereign samurai bond deal and a growing number of dollar mandates are raising the profile of the debt capital markets team at Japan's Daiwa

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