Shingo Kawamoto

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/ Nov 11, 2016

Robo-adviser startup eyes Japanese millennials' spare change

Like their peers overseas, Japan’s millennials aren’t known for squirreling away their money. Kazuhisa Shibayama is trying to change that, one coin at a time. The founder and chief executive officer of WealthNavi Inc., a startup backed by Japan’s three biggest banks, is developing ...

Apple hopes for e-money growth in cash-carrying Japan

Sep 2, 2016

Apple hopes for e-money growth in cash-carrying Japan

Apple Inc.’s plan to allow Japanese customers to use iPhones to pay for their daily commute underscores the potential for digital payments to grow in a nation where people still prefer to hold cash. Japanese have for years been using rail passes that double ...

/ Apr 22, 2016

Japan Post to fight negative rates with shift to risk assets

Japan Post Holdings Co. will shift more of its $2.6 trillion investment portfolio to riskier assets to boost profitability as negative interest rates shrink income from government bonds. The newly privatized postal and financial giant, which has about ¥205.5 trillion ($1.9 trillion) managed by ...

Margin-starved Japanese banks following carmakers to Mexico

Mar 3, 2016

Margin-starved Japanese banks following carmakers to Mexico

In a quest to reduce their reliance on one of the world’s least profitable banking markets, Japanese lenders are setting their sights on a much more lucrative one: Mexico. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. are among so-called megabanks expanding ...