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    1. May 21, 2014

      Sterling jumps as stronger retail sales help growth

      Sterling climbed on Wednesday after retail sales data indicated strong consumer activity in April, while Bank of England...

    2. May 1, 2014

      Mizuho head vows to tighten governance in wake of scandals

      The new president of Mizuho Bank has vowed to repair the “damage” caused by a chain of scandals, amid a big corporate...

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    1. Investing in Japan 2012

      Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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    1. April 10, 2014

      Low US rates put Yankee bonds in favour

      Foreign companies are flocking to the US debt capital markets to raise funds, taking advantage of low borrowing costs and...

    2. March 17, 2014

      Mizuho Bank added to defendants over Bitcoin exchange collapse

      Japan’s second-biggest banking group by assets has been drawn into a US lawsuit stemming from the collapse of Mt Gox, once...

    3. 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...

    4. October 28, 2013

      Mizuho’s flawed controls opened the door for Yakuza exploitation

      When Mizuho president Yasuhiro Sato offered a deep bow of apology on Monday for weak controls that handed gangsters cash to...

    5. October 17, 2013

      Japanese banks put squeeze on gangsters

      Japanese gangsters are poised for a credit crunch after the country’s top banking lobby declared it was fed up with yakuza...

    6. September 27, 2013

      Mizuho told to cease ‘antisocial’ lending

      Mizuho Bank has been rapped by Japan’s financial regulator for failing to take steps to curb indirect loans to gangsters for...

    7. 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...

    8. February 24, 2013

      Asian banks win record share of debt deals

      The market share of Asian banks arranging corporate bonds for European and US companies has risen to an all-time high, in a...

    9. December 25, 2012

      Japan to strengthen insider trading rules

      Japan’s financial regulator is to strengthen penalties significantly for insider trading in an effort to regain investor...

    10. November 1, 2012

      StanChart and BBVA join GSifi list

      Standard Chartered and BBVA have joined the global banks that will be required to hold extra capital because of their...

    11. October 30, 2012

      Insular culture blamed for Renesas woes

      A few months ago, financial advisers to Renesas Electronics, the Japanese microcontroller company, reached out to Kohlberg...

    12. October 16, 2012

      Banker’s girlfriends in insider case

      Two women almost doubled their money after allegedly receiving sensitive information from an investment banker whom both...

    13. June 27, 2012

      Nomura chief Watanabe secures re-election

      Nomura Holdings’ shareholders re-elected chief executive Kenichi Watanabe at the annual meeting on Wednesday, despite...

    14. March 8, 2012

      Architecture: Capital city’s skyline takes on a foreign flavour

      Although Japan boasts some of the most highly regarded architects in the world, many of the buildings that define the Tokyo...

    15. February 9, 2012

      Japanese companies invest in Vietnam

      Japanese companies are flocking to Vietnam in record numbers seeking cheap labour and growth markets and business is booming...

    16. November 22, 2011

      Weak links protect banks in China and Japan

      The banks of China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have limited exposure to eurozone sovereign...

    17. November 16, 2011

      Olympus seeks to reassure lenders

      Olympus met its lenders on Wednesday to reassure them that it has sufficient cash flow to repay its loans, as it undergoes...

    18. October 27, 2011

      Trading post: Yen at a postwar peak

      Two recent Trading Posts need revisiting. First, the yen. As Mansoor Mohi-Uddin writes opposite, the Japanese unit this week...

    19. October 3, 2011

      Japan to penalise Citigroup again for lapses

      Japan’s Financial Services Agency is preparing to impose penalties on Citigroup for the fourth time since 2004, after an...

    20. July 21, 2011

      Global banks scored on capital requirements

      Several French and Japanese banks appear to have benefited most from the way global supervisors have decided to calculate...

    21. May 16, 2011

      Japanese groups suffer $25bn earthquake hit

      The March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused Y2,000bn ($25bn) in damage to plant and equipment at Japanese companies and left...

    22. FT Alphaville

      March 17, 2011

      On top of everything, Mizuho bank is having ATM problems

      From Reuters on Thursday: TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) – Mizuho Bank said its automatic teller machines failed for a second...

    23. February 2, 2011

      Mizuho prop trader launches Ovington fund

      The head of Mizuho’s London proprietary trading team has left the Japanese bank to launch a hedge fund, taking a team of top...

    24. January 19, 2011

      Japan’s banks urged to help SMEs

      Japan’s financial regulator has asked banks to examine the losses incurred by small and medium-sized companies through...

    25. December 2, 2010

      Banks’ asset selling hints at better conditions

      Banks are selling some of the companies they took over from their private equity owners during the financial crisis, such as...

    26. November 12, 2010

      Mizuho buys BlackRock stake for $500m

      Mizuho is buying a 2 per cent stake in BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, for $500m, in the latest move by a...

    27. November 9, 2010

      G20 draws up two-tier bank plan

      Most big Asian banks will be exempted from a global regulatory regime under the latest ­proposal for the industry from the...

    28. September 28, 2010

      BP raises $3.5bn in fresh bonds sale

      BP has returned to capital markets for the first time since its disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico, raising $3.5bn...

    29. September 27, 2010

      3i moves into debt investment

      3i has acquired the debt investment business of Japan’s Mizuho bank, adding a third branch of activity to the London-listed...

    30. June 9, 2010

      New Shinsei chief shows long-term vision

      Shinsei, the struggling Japanese bank in which private equity group JC Flowers has a 33 per cent stake, needs another decade...

    31. May 11, 2010

      Inflation worries take toll on Shanghai

      The relief rally in Asia following the €750bn European debt deal fizzled out on Tuesday as investors took profits.Adding to...

    32. March 24, 2010

      Outsized risk and regulation inhibit entrants

      In all the furore over bankers’ bonuses and bulging bank profits in recent months, one big question seems to have been...

    33. January 7, 2010

      Lenders take majority stake in Foxtons

      Foxtons epitomised the London property bubble with its aggressive selling tactics and fleet of brightly coloured Minis...

    34. November 23, 2009

      S&P raises fears over health of some banks

      A study by Standard & Poor’s, one of the world’s leading credit ratings agencies, has raised questions over the...

    35. November 6, 2009

      Sumitomo Trust / Chuo Mitsui

      An ancient pond; a frog jumps in; the splash of water. You don’t have to study the expansive haiku of Matsuo Basho to...

    36. November 6, 2009

      Sumitomo Trust, Chuo Mitsui in merger talks

      Sumitomo Trust & Banking and Chuo Mitsui Trust said on Friday that they were in merger talks to create Japan’s largest trust...

    37. May 12, 2009

      Japan Airlines reports Y63bn loss

      Japan Airlines, Asia’s biggest carrier by revenues, reported a Y63bn ($646m) net loss for the year to March on Tuesday and...

    38. April 26, 2009

      Japan’s deceptive green shoots

      Japan is a cautionary tale for anyone with an eye for green shoots. At least twice in its “lost decade”, fleeting signs of...

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