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  1. 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...

  2. May 25, 2014

    Japan reformists face challenge over governance

    When Mizuho Financial Group confirmed it was moving to a western-style governance structure complete with an independent...

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  1. 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...

  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...

  3. 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...

  4. March 25, 2014

    Deutsche Bank leads wave of ‘coco’ issuance

    German and Japanese financial groups are currently preparing to issue maiden “coco” bonds as a growing number of banks...

  5. March 25, 2014

    Mizuho to offer $1.5bn ‘bail-in’ bond

    Mizuho Financial Group has become the first of Japan’s banks to sell a “bail-in” bond that would force losses on investors...

  6. January 23, 2014

    Mizuho president Yasuhiro Sato stripped of banking unit role

    Mizuho president Yasuhiro Sato has stepped down from running the group’s main banking unit following a yakuza loan scandal...

  7. December 26, 2013

    Mizuho chairman to stand down over yakuza loans scandal

    The chairman of Mizuho Financial Group is to stand down, in an attempt by the lender to draw a line under a scandal that has...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. October 30, 2013

    Pressure builds on Mizuho chief over gangster loans scandal

    Pressure is building on Yasuhiro Sato, president of Mizuho Financial Group, over his handling of a shady loans scandal that...

  11. 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...

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    October 28, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: “Asian stocks rose, with the regional equities gauge rebounding from last week’s decline, after weaker than...

  13. October 28, 2013

    Mizuho cuts executives’ pay after probe into loans to gangsters

    Mizuho Financial Group, Japan’s second-biggest lender by assets, has attempted to draw a line under a Japanese mafia scandal...

  14. 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...

  15. October 8, 2013

    Mizuho’s Yasuhiro Sato quits government panel amid scandal

    Yasuhiro Sato, president of Mizuho Financial Group and one of Japan’s most powerful bankers, has stepped down from a...

  16. 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 –...

  17. June 23, 2013

    M6 Toll road’s owner offers free transit as part of deal on debt

    The owner of the M6 Toll road has offered to open its gates at times of heavy congestion on the parallel free motorway if,...

  18. June 12, 2013

    Private investors to be forced to pay for Japan’s bank failures

    Japan is to force losses on investors in troubled banks, brokers and insurers, leading efforts by regulators around the...

  19. May 15, 2013

    Dish Network gains edge in battle for Sprint with $9bn financing

    Dish Network has lined up financing on its $25.5bn bid for Sprint Nextel, overcoming attempts by its rival suitor SoftBank...

  20. 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...

  21. April 10, 2013

    BoJ deflation war begets curious results

    Japanese companies that borrow money from Mizuho Corporate Bank, one of the country’s largest lenders, received a small but...

  22. February 12, 2013

    Stocks firm but bulls struggle for impetus

    Tuesday 21.10 GMT. Global stocks inched higher amid a batch of corporate earnings as investors awaited President Barack...

  23. January 29, 2013

    Stocks edge towards fresh highs

    Tuesday 21:40 GMT. Global stocks rose and challenged new cyclical highs, supported by better than expected corporate...

  24. December 27, 2012

    MUFG unit to take stake in VietinBank

    Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, the core bank in the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, is to take a 20 per cent stake in VietinBank...

  25. December 27, 2012

    Exporters lead jump in Japanese shares

    Asian markets extended gains with Japanese shares jumping to their highest level since the March 2011 earthquake after the...

  26. December 13, 2012

    Cheating banker jailed for insider trading

    An investment banker who passed sensitive information to two lovers about a takeover deal has been jailed for two years and...

  27. November 14, 2012

    Stock portfolios haunt Japan’s banks

    Japan’s megabanks have posted steep falls in first-half profits, as losses on their vast stock portfolios offset gains from...

  28. October 28, 2012

    Project finance: Focus turns to overseas opportunities

    When the Saudi Arabian government decided to privatise Medina Airport, it awarded the contract to build a passenger terminal...

  29. October 28, 2012

    Industry finds it difficult to regain confidence

    Japan enjoyed a few days in the global spotlight this month when regulators, financiers and pundits from around the world...

  30. October 25, 2012

    Banks: No room for foreigners on the board

    Japan’s large banks have a long way to go in globalising their management. They have appointed foreigners to head their...

  31. October 25, 2012

    Japanese banks: Back in the saddle

    After decades of looking with envy towards Japan’s bullet train, the legendary shinkansen, Britain’s beleaguered commuters...

  32. October 16, 2012

    SoftBank rally helps lift Tokyo’s Nikkei

    Tokyo’s Nikkei index bounced strongly on Tuesday as dealmakers at telecoms group SoftBank reassured investors their shares...

  33. October 5, 2012

    Commodity shares lift Asian stock markets

    Asian shares advanced on Friday as commodity producers gained ground on hopes that recent stimulus efforts will feed through...

  34. August 3, 2012

    Nomura gets light penalty over leaks

    Japan’s Financial Services Agency has ordered Nomura to improve its internal controls after the bank admitted employees had...

  35. July 26, 2012

    S&P in talks over securitisation probe

    Standard & Poor’s, the global credit rating agency, said it is in discussions with US authorities investigating its role in...

  36. July 20, 2012

    Bank losses leave Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lower

    Tokyo led Asian indices lower on Friday as Japanese bank stocks tumbled amid investigations into the part played by domestic...

  37. July 12, 2012

    Growth fears drag Asia stocks lower

    Asian stocks slipped for a sixth consecutive session as fears about the economy weighed on sentiment across the region....

  38. July 9, 2012

    China data help shares end losing streak

    Friday 21.30 BST. Stocks ended a seven-day slump as China’s latest growth data came in-line with expectations, helping to...

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