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Japan's banks slide as China marches on

July 1, 2013

The sluggish growth that has existed in Japan's banking sector in recent years shows little sign of ending.

Japan’s presence looms large at ADB meeting

Japan’s presence looms large at ADB meeting

June 3, 2013

The Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Delhi in May saw a new president take the helm, but it was the policies of his home country – Japan – that dominated proceedings.

The future of mobile money

The future of mobile money

May 1, 2013

Mobile money, including banking and payments, is encroaching into the everyday life of the consumer. Monetising the business is still proving difficult, but thanks to the abundance of products available already, tangible business models are slowly emerging.

Crossing over to the other side: Japan’s new prime minister and the new Bank of Japan governor are hoping reverse the country’s two-decade trend of deflation

'Abenomics' puts the yen on alert

April 2, 2013

A new prime minister and Bank of Japan governor, both apparently working in concert, could signal sustained weakness for the yen. But there are some tough psychological barriers to breach.

Tokyo Stock Exchange CIO plans a smooth running future

Tokyo Stock Exchange CIO plans a smooth running future

January 2, 2013

Tokyo Stock Exchange’s chief information officer talks about implementing the bourse’s cash equities trading platform, a long process that has brought with it many challenges.

TEASER-Green energy feels the chill

Green energy feels the chill

December 3, 2012

Tighter bank financing, falling government subsidies and rising US shale gas production are all putting the squeeze on the renewable energy industry.

The Japan template

Japan: an example to follow or avoid?

December 3, 2012

The wave of international expansions by Japan's banks and corporations in the past year suggest that the country's economy, which has long been struggling to recover from its financial crisis in the 1990s, has finally returned to strength. But Japan is still grappling with domestic difficulties, among them, low growth, large public debt and a mounting energy bill.

Intervention habit drives up reserves

Central banks' intervention habit drives up reserves

September 12, 2012

The Swiss National Bank has been the most aggressive central bank in a developed economy when it comes to seeking to stop its safe haven status from driving excessive currency appreciation, but many other such institutions are using other, more varied techniques.

Japan’s top banks hold steady

September 3, 2012

The leading Japanese banks have performed solidly over the past year, showing an impressive resilience in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country in March 2011. However, return-on-asset levels are still worryingly low.

Japan looks to be a positive influence in Asia TEASER

Japan looks to be a positive influence in Asia

September 3, 2012

Japan boasts a more mature and stable economy than its fast-growing Asian neighbours, and the country's vice-minister of finance for international affairs hopes that the country's role as a leading practitioner of financial diplomacy in the region is backed up by its banks.

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