Takahiko Hyuga

For Takahiko Hyuga's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mizuho to encourage equity analysts to become investment bankers

Sep 2, 2014

Mizuho to encourage equity analysts to become investment bankers

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. plans to encourage equity research analysts to become investment bankers as the megabank competes for business arranging share sales and advising on mergers. Mizuho Securities Co. will offer its analysts the opportunity to switch jobs so the company can tap ...

Goldman's Japan M&A chief sees hunger for more deals

Jul 9, 2014

Goldman's Japan M&A chief sees hunger for more deals

When a 210-year-old vinegar company bought Unilever’s Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce business last month, it showed that Japanese firms are becoming more adventurous in their search for growth, said Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s national head of mergers and acquisitions. “Japan M&A is breaking ...

Jan 23, 2014

Nomura sees Japanese IPOs doubling to ¥1 trillion in 2014

Nomura Holdings Inc., the nation’s top manager of initial public offerings in 2013, expects debut share sales will almost double to ¥1 trillion this year as buyout funds recoup investments amid a stock rally. “Exits from private equity will increase this year,” said Hiroshi ...

SMBC Nikko, Daiwa increase hiring

Dec 18, 2013

SMBC Nikko, Daiwa increase hiring

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. have increased their hiring targets for university graduates to bolster retail brokerage operations as stocks rally. SMBC Nikko recruited 460 graduates to start in April, 50 more than earlier planned, spokesman Tadataka Ishida said Wednesday. ...

FSA ends insider probe; Nomura targets tipsters

Dec 3, 2013

FSA ends insider probe; Nomura targets tipsters

Nomura Holdings Inc. said employees who leaked insider information on client transactions three years ago will be punished as the regulator signals an end to a crackdown that roiled the nation’s largest brokerage last year. Nomura will take “strict action” against the two employees ...

Oct 30, 2013

Brokers' profit gains, like stocks, may cool

Japan’s largest brokerages, whose first-half profits soared more than 10-fold as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic stimulus program bolstered investors’ appetite for local stocks, may find that the magic is wearing off. Nomura Holdings Inc. reported Tuesday that its second-quarter net income rose to ...

Jul 28, 2012

Nagai taking over as Nomura CEO signals global retreat

Nomura Holdings Inc.’s appointment of domestic brokerage head Koji Nagai as the new chief signals a retrenchment into its home market as Japan’s biggest investment bank reels from the insider-trading scandal and losses abroad. Nagai, 53, will succeed Chief Executive Officer Kenichi Watanabe, 59, ...

Pedigree, big returns lured investors to AIJ

Feb 29, 2012

Pedigree, big returns lured investors to AIJ

A pension fund based in Nagano Prefecture said it invested with AIJ Investment Advisors Co., whose business has been suspended by regulators, because it was run by a former Nomura Holdings Inc. manager and offered 7 percent returns. “We believed in such high returns ...

Execs' exit 'turning point' for Nomura

Jan 12, 2012

Execs' exit 'turning point' for Nomura

The resignation of two former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. executives from Nomura Holdings Inc. may allow the nation’s biggest brokerage to revamp a business that has stumbled since it bought assets of the failed U.S. firm in 2008. Jesse Bhattal, deputy president and chief ...

Jumbo SMAP ad pro-LDP?

Aug 29, 2009

Jumbo SMAP ad pro-LDP?

SMAP, the pop group that has dominated the nation’s music scene for more than two decades, urged voters to support incumbent politicians as the ruling party faces likely defeat in Sunday’s Lower House election. The five-member all-male group, which has had a top-10 selling ...