Finbarr Flynn

For Finbarr Flynn's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 31, 2014

Loan funds lure companies missing out on Abe rebound

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus helps push banks’ lending rates under 1 percent, funds are targeting a debt market paying 10 times that. Japanese banks have cut loans to smaller companies as global regulations get tougher, while a government crackdown on excessive interest ...

Tepco bonds a safe bet now: Nomura

Dec 17, 2013

Tepco bonds a safe bet now: Nomura

Nomura Holdings Inc. is urging investors buy Tokyo Electric Power Co. bonds after a report that the government plans to cap the utility’s cleanup costs at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The yield premium on Tepco’s 1.155 percent notes due in ...

Jun 27, 2013

Probe launched after Anglo Irish execs' calls leaked

A former executive at Anglo Irish Bank Corp. said it would be “fantastic” if the state took over the lender, as “we’d all get to keep our jobs” and sang “Deutschland uber alles” as the bank won German deposits, according to tapes of 2008 ...

Aug 13, 2010

Goldman, Morgan, Nomura units face increased scrutiny over risk

The Financial Services Agency picked Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Nomura Holdings Inc. as initial subjects of a new unit to scrutinize risk-taking among investment banks, a source said this week. The team of at least 10 inspectors will examine the three ...

Funerals a growth undertaking

Oct 22, 2009

Funerals a growth undertaking

Death is a growth industry in Japan and everyone from railways to retailers wants a slice. The ¥1.8 trillion funeral industry is expanding as Japan’s population ages faster than any other nation. The number of people who die each year in the country will ...

Sep 16, 2009

Credit Saison to maintain independence

Credit card firm Credit Saison Co., 14.3 percent owned by Mizuho Financial Group Inc., will remain independent of the bank as its rivals join up with the country’s biggest lenders. “It’s a matter of keeping management independence,” Chief Executive Officer Hiroshi Rinno said in ...

Banks should cut stock holdings: FSA's Mikuniya

Aug 11, 2009

Banks should cut stock holdings: FSA's Mikuniya

Banks should use a government-backed share purchase program to reduce stock holdings that caused $10 billion of losses at Japan’s three biggest lenders last year, the country’s top financial regulator said. “A bank’s financial standing is linked to its holdings of investments, such as ...

Jul 9, 2009

Regional banks brace for mortgage defaults

Smaller regional banks may need to brace for an increase in mortgage defaults as unemployment rises and the contagion from the recession spreads. “Banks need to take steps to prevent loans to individuals from going bad, just as they do with corporate borrowers,” said ...