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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

Still on top: Mitsubishi UFJ is Japan's biggest bank by some distance

Poor conditions stymie Japanese momentum

December 8, 2010

Japanese banks have put themselves on a more solid footing, shown in particular by the performance of Mitsubishi UFJ, but the sluggish economy means their achievements have yet to reach spectacular levels. Writer Brian Caplen

JBIC looks to integrate Asian demands into its operations

May 28, 2010

Japanese development bank, the Japan Bank for International Co-operation, is tasked with integrating broader Asian demands into its operations. Environmental finance and capital markets support are two areas of increasing prominence for the bank.

Richard C Koo

May 28, 2010

For the first time in its modern economic history, Japan is being hotly pursued by China, which recently became the world's second-largest economy. Nomura Research Institute's chief economist reveals what Japan needs to learn if it is to maintain its lofty position in the new global economic order.

Nomura's William Vereker on the bank's expansion plan

May 28, 2010

Nomura is making an audacious bid to turn itself into a global investment bank, and its co-head of global investment banking is happy with the progress made so far. Writer Geraldine Lambe


Tokyo advances in global trading race

March 31, 2010

After five years plagued by setbacks, the Tokyo Stock Exchange has raised its game with the launch of its Arrowhead trading system in January. The exchange's next goal is to successfully accommodate the increased flow of alternative trading in order to cement its position as a rival to the more established centres in the US and Europe. Writer Charles Smith

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