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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    Special Reports

    1. Japan - Banking & Finance 2012

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

    3. 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 support...

    4. 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 as...

    5. 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 under...

    6. 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 focus,...

    7. 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 equities. It...

    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. 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 –...

    10. beyondbrics

      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 news for...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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 BTPN...

    14. 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 Basel III...

    15. March 17, 2013

      Asian funds turn to emerging markets

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

    16. 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 year,...

    17. 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 Dutch...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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 stocks...

    21. 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 world....

    22. 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...

    23. December 26, 2012

      SMFG targets Asia’s growing middle class

      SMFG, one of Japan’s big three banks, plans to expand its Asian consumer finance business to target the growing middle...

    24. December 10, 2012

      Aircraft leasing – up, up and away

      Wanted: cash-laden buyer interested in moderate long-term returns from a cyclical industry at the mercy of global aviation....

    25. November 29, 2012

      Tokyo faces weak yen and high bond yields

      Regulators in Japan recently counselled regional banks that hold massive amounts of Japanese government bonds to shorten the...

    26. 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...

    27. November 1, 2012

      SMFG increases Bank of East Asia stake

      Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, one of the big three Japanese banking groups, is in the process of increasing its stake in...

    28. FT Alphaville

      October 29, 2012

      The 6am Cut London

      US stock markets to close as Hurricane Sandy nears New York: The NYSE, the Nasdaq will all close on Monday and possibly...

    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

      Japanese banks: Back in the saddle

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

    31. 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...

    32. October 4, 2012

      Aviation leasing – fleet footed

      “If it flies, floats or fornicates it is better to rent it,” goes the adage. It also helps to explain the growth in the...

    33. October 4, 2012

      MUFG unit buys US aircraft leasing group

      Mitsubishi UFJ Lease is buying Jackson Square Aviation for about Y100bn ($1.3bn) in the second large Japanese acquisition of...

    34. August 21, 2012

      Fed probes RBS over dealings with Iran

      Federal authorities in the US are investigating Royal Bank of Scotland for possible breaches of Iran sanctions in a probe...

    35. August 10, 2012

      Japan regulator moves on SMBC Nikko

      Japan’s financial regulator has taken action against SMBC Nikko Securities for the second time in four months, amid a probe...

    36. May 16, 2012

      Asia dives as risk aversion takes hold

      Asian shares fell sharply on heightened risk aversion after Greece failed to form a coalition government, raising the...

    37. May 15, 2012

      Japanese banks increase lending overseas

      Japan’s leading banks significantly expanded their overseas lending last year, taking advantage of the retreat of European...

    38. April 24, 2012

      Tokyo exporters hit as yen strengthens

      The strengthening yen continued to harry Japanese exporters on Tuesday as Asian trading was cautious for a fourth...

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