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    1. May 8, 2016

      Tokyo traders brace for stormy week of earnings

      Traders in Tokyo are predicting the most volatile return from “Golden Week” national holidays since Shinzo Abe became...

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      March 30, 2016

      Western Digital offering highlights junk bond worries

      One of the largest junk bond offerings on record that had been seen as a test of the month-long rally delivered a...

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    1. March 8, 2016

      Japan banking unions drop pay rise demands amid negative rates

      Trade unions across Japan’s financial sector are abandoning their demands for wage rises this year in a sign that...

    2. March 2, 2016

      Japan plays catch-up in the fintech race as goverment bond yields turn negative

      When Freee, an accounting software provider for small businesses, started out four years ago, few Japanese investors...

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      February 5, 2016

      Negative rate hammering Japanese bank shares

      “What remains of the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce negative interest rate, is the confusion in the money...

    4. Fast FT

      January 26, 2016

      Indonesian investment dents Sumitomo Mitsui FG's Q3

      Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Japan’s second-largest banking group, has clocked in with some rather drab...

    5. December 24, 2015

      Japanese bank chief warns over stricter US merger rules

      Plans by Japan’s largest financial groups for a new round of US-focused acquisitions risk being thrown off course in...

    6. December 23, 2015

      Irish aviation: in the blood

      The Irish rule the skies and finance every airliner in them. Well, not quite. But even an Irish storyteller given to...

    7. November 15, 2015

      Japanese banks to accelerate unwind of cross-shareholdings

      Nearly six months since Japan established its first corporate governance code, the country’s three largest banks have...

    8. June 14, 2015

      Japanese mega-banks step up search for foreign targets

      Japan’s three mega-banks are stepping up their search for foreign acquisitions as they come under intensifying pressure...

    9. April 7, 2015

      Reforms needed to lift Japan’s economy

      In the first week in April, the delicate blossoms on Tokyo’s cherry trees were blown away by high winds and rain. This...

    10. February 15, 2015

      The week: February 16

      Elliott Management, the US hedge fund, has launched a legal battle against Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia. The US...

    11. February 11, 2015

      Elliott challenges Bank of East Asia in court

      US hedge fund Elliott Management has launched legal action against Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia in what promises to be...

    12. December 24, 2014

      Japan’s SMFG defends culture of cross-shareholdings between groups

      The president of Japan’s second-biggest banking group has put up a defence of cross-shareholdings, which have been...

    13. 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...

    14. November 16, 2014

      Managers face massive asset swings after Japan pension fund shift

      Japan’s national pension fund has begun a radical overhaul of its investments that will require the world’s largest...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. May 13, 2014

      RBS makes preparations for Citizens’ exit

      Royal Bank of Scotland has spent more than 25 years building Citizens Financial Group into the 13th-largest retail bank...

    20. January 29, 2014

      Sumitomo Mitsui leads move to drop Japan government bond holdings

      Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group cut its government bond holdings in half in the nine months to December, signalling...

    21. January 16, 2014

      Boutique bank Moelis eyes market debut this year

      Moelis & Company, the boutique investment bank, plans to confidentially file for an initial US public offering as soon...

    22. December 29, 2013

      Companies diary: a year to remember

      Diary commentary from FT reporters • World diary • 4CAST Economic Calendar • Economic Outlook: US and UK housing data...

    23. December 26, 2013

      SMFG looks beyond Japan to fuel growth

      The president of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has said that building loan books outside Japan remains the group’s...

    24. November 24, 2013

      New funds: November 25

      ● GLG Partners, part of Man Group, has launched the GLG Undervalued Assets fund, which will invest mainly in UK...

    25. 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...

    26. 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”,...

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      July 31, 2013

      Dr Vee: Indonesian mangaka [corrected]

      The surging popularity of the Japanese language and culture among young Indonesians, as reported in the FT, is good...

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      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...

    29. 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...

    30. April 28, 2013

      Buyout groups near deal to sell Bank BTPN stake

      TPG and Northstar Pacific Partners are finalising a sale of a big part of their controlling stake in Jakarta-based Bank...

    31. March 24, 2013

      Banks face removal of capital loophole

      Global banking watchdogs have announced their first big crackdown on regulatory arbitrage since the passage of the...

    32. March 17, 2013

      Asian funds turn to emerging markets

      Institutional investors across Asia – even large pension funds that are generally conservative in their investing...

    33. February 28, 2013

      US money market funds warm to eurozone

      The amount of money being allocated by US money markets funds to eurozone banks hit the highest level for more than a...

    34. February 15, 2013

      Orix set to buy Robeco from Rabobank

      Orix Corporation, the Japanese financial services group, is close to buying the asset management arm of Rabobank, the...

    35. January 31, 2013

      Rally stalls after US economy shrinks

      Thursday 20:00 GMT. A strong January for global stocks has finished meekly as an unexpected bout of caution over the US...

    36. 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...

    37. January 22, 2013

      Japan: the big easing

      So investors are bullish on Japan once again. Yet much of the $28bn in foreign money that has flowed into Japanese...

    38. January 2, 2013

      RBS nears end of non-core rundown

      The rundown of Royal Bank of Scotland’s “non-core” business is among the most dramatic shrinkages of any bank in the...

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