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    1. December 8, 2014

      Mizuho Financial Group focuses on lending beyond Japan blue-chips

      The president of Mizuho Financial Group has vowed to do more lending outside Japan, anticipating higher margins and less...

    2. November 14, 2014

      Yen weakness puts Korean won under pressure

      The yen sank to a fresh seven-year low against the dollar on Friday as uncertainty surrounded the government of Shinzo Abe....

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    1. Japan - Banking & Finance 2012

      With no end in sight for sluggish growth, the migration of financial institutions over...
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    1. November 14, 2014

      Bank of Yokohama to tie-up with smaller Tokyo-based rival

      One of Japan’s biggest regional banks has confirmed a plan to merge with a local rival, in a move likely to herald further...

    2. October 24, 2014

      Dollar ends strong week on soft note

      A strong week for the US dollar ended on a softer note as traders looked to a key Federal Reserve policy meeting, while the...

    3. October 11, 2014

      Banks agree to derivatives rules to cope with future crisis

      The world's largest banks have agreed to give up their rights to immediately end derivatives contracts with crisis-hit...

    4. October 1, 2014

      Japan Post IPO blow for BoA and Deutsche

      Some of the worst fears of Tokyo bankers were realised on Wednesday when Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank...

    5. September 25, 2014

      NZ dollar slides on talk of intervention from central bank chief

      The New Zealand dollar was the biggest casualty in a broad currency sell-off against the dollar after the country’s central...

    6. September 7, 2014

      Mitsubishi UFJ eyes $8bn in foreign deals

      Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is preparing to spend as much as $8bn on acquisitions in the US and Asia, as Japan’s biggest...

    7. September 2, 2014

      Yen weakens on back of rising wages

      The yen fell to its lowest level against the dollar since January on Tuesday on the back of rising wage data and rumours of...

    8. August 18, 2014

      Dollar bulls should target yen on Fed hawkishness

      The market faces another week rich with monetary policy resonance. There’s a raft of US housing data, in the middle of which...

    9. July 20, 2014

      Commerce becomes a casualty of Sino-Japanese political spats

      Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has been waiting for years to get permission to open a branch in Dalian, the coastal Chinese...

    10. July 13, 2014

      Lenders seek Myanmar banking entrée

      Dozens of foreign banks are pushing to launch licensed operations in Myanmar, in a bid round closing on Monday that reveals...

    11. May 14, 2014

      Japan’s banks sound note of caution

      Japan’s megabanks have sounded a note of caution amid the country’s “Abenomics”-led recovery, saying they expect combined...

    12. May 9, 2014

      Mitsubishi UFJ weighs corporate trust bid

      Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, the biggest bank in Japan, is weighing a bid for the corporate trust division of Bank of New...

    13. May 5, 2014

      Fridman-backed Pamplona buys Beacon Rail Leasing

      Pamplona Capital Management, the London-based investment firm backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s Alfa Group,...

    14. April 9, 2014

      Banks sue Olympus for $273m over accounting fraud

      Olympus Corp has been hit with the biggest lawsuit stemming from its two-decade long accounting fraud, when banks joined...

    15. April 6, 2014

      Japan love of high-yielding currencies dwindles

      Japanese investors’ love of high-yielding currencies, epitomised by the popularity of so-called double-decker funds, appears...

    16. March 31, 2014

      Head of Japan bank lobby vows crackdown on organised crime

      The new head of Japan’s banking lobby has vowed to crack down on loans to organised crime groups, while admitting that there...

    17. March 27, 2014

      Japan buyers rush to snap up gold as tax rise looms

      A landmark increase in Japan’s sales tax has led to a rush for small gold bars as retail investors pile into the precious...

    18. February 3, 2014

      Japan’s banks: Mitsubishi UFJ

      Anyone who wants to get involved in profitless lending can just hand their best friend a 20. Hence the limited appeal of...

    19. November 27, 2013

      Tougher regime for Turkish banks amid moves to temper credit boom

      By 2023, the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to establish...

    20. November 14, 2013

      Japanese banks lift profit forecasts

      Japan’s biggest banks have shrugged off a scandal over links with gangsters and lifted their full-year profit forecasts, in...

    21. November 14, 2013

      Japanese banks: lending a hand

      Once upon a time, Japan’s big banks lent more money or less money, made more or less profit and their shares were considered...

    22. November 11, 2013

      No Abenomics boost for Japan’s banks

      This week some of Japan’s most powerful bankers will be hauled in for an uncomfortable appearance before parliament. In the...

    23. November 6, 2013

      Mitsubishi Motors plans $2.1bn rights issue

      Mitsubishi Motors plans to raise up to Y210bn ($2.1bn) through a rights issue to repay other parts of the Mitsubishi group...

    24. September 29, 2013

      Japan seeks to galvanise share buying at home

      Mizuho Securities has signed up the national men’s football team for a series of print ads. Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley...

    25. August 23, 2013

      Rupiah drops as Indonesia announces deficit measures

      Calm in sovereign debt markets ensured some recovery against the dollar on foreign exchanges on Friday but Indonesia’s...

    26. August 7, 2013

      Sterling recovers poise after BoE guidance

      Sterling bounced after the Bank of England adopted forward guidance linked to the labour market, but added certain caveats...

    27. July 31, 2013

      Japan’s biggest banks profit under Abenomics

      Japan’s biggest banks are prospering in the drastically altered business environment created by “Abenomics”, confounding –...

    28. July 30, 2013

      Japan leads rush into southeast Asia

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has a fondness for airborne imagery when it comes to describing his country’s...

    29. July 23, 2013

      Dollar holds near monthly low

      The dollar remained at its lowest point in a month on Tuesday as investors took a gamble against the Federal Reserve...

    30. beyondbrics

      July 3, 2013

      New York headlines

      * Egypt stocks slide as deadline nears * Turkish inflation adds to woes * Portuguese bond yields soar amid turmoil * China...

    31. beyondbrics

      July 3, 2013

      London headlines

      * China set to miss targets for shale gasfield development * Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ makes $5.6bn bid for Thailand’s Ayudhya...

    32. June 20, 2013

      BTMU fined $250m over US sanctions breaches

      Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has agreed to pay $250m for violating New York state’s banking laws over transactions involving...

    33. June 12, 2013

      ‘Mack the Knife’ brings fearsome reputation to new role

      John Mack has a knack for landing the big roles at companies that matter. The 67-year-old, who has joined the board of...

    34. June 11, 2013

      Yen jumps after BoJ policy decision

      Japan’s yen jumped sharply on Tuesday, soaring against higher-yielding emerging market and commodity currencies after the...

    35. FT Alphaville

      May 16, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Most Asian stocks fell as a decline in Japanese banks after forecasting lower earnings offset a report that Japan’s economy...

    36. May 15, 2013

      Japan’s banks lower sights as Abenomics squeezes JGB trading

      Shinzo Abe’s expansionary economic policies may be aimed at bolstering Japan’s global manufacturing groups, but the...

    37. April 18, 2013

      Morgan Stanley hit by slow trading

      Morgan Stanley suffered from a slowdown in trading activity in the first quarter, causing the investment bank to report...

    38. April 16, 2013

      Inside Business: Banks in Asia paradox as market fractures

      Global regulators no longer see eye to eye. As a result, the Balkanisation of banking is in full flow. This is considered...

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