Sep 20, 2016

IMF lending nations seek veto power over bilateral credit lines

Countries that provide bilateral credit lines to the International Monetary Fund want the power to veto loans drawn from those precautionary arrangements, according to people familiar with the discussions. The IMF has been in talks with more than 30 countries that made available $393 ...

Jun 11, 2016

Japan mulling cut in minimum interest on 'zaito' fiscal loans

The Finance Ministry is considering cutting the minimum interest rate on its lending for infrastructure and other major projects under the zaito fiscal investment and loan program, according to officials. The move comes amid falling interest rates following the Bank of Japan’s introduction of ...

Japan's financial regulator to scrutinize banks' stress tests

May 10, 2016

Japan's financial regulator to scrutinize banks' stress tests

The nation’s financial regulator is stepping up oversight of its biggest banks while stopping well short of imposing the type of intrusive stress tests that have been adopted in the U.S. and Europe. Unlike the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, which conduct ...

Apr 12, 2016

Negative rates failed to boost bank lending in March

Loan growth slowed to the weakest pace in three years in March, signaling the central bank’s introduction of negative interest rates has yet to spur credit in the world’s third-largest economy. Loans, excluding trusts, rose 2 percent from a year earlier, slowing from 2.2 ...

Dec 8, 2015

Bank lending in Japan up 2.3% in November

The average balance of bank lending in the country in November, excluding loans by shinkin (credit banks), rose 2.3 percent to ¥428.2 trillion, up for the 50th straight month, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. Including shinkin, the total lending balance grew 2.3 percent ...

Japan Post Bank eyes launch of investment fund with local banks

Sep 29, 2015

Japan Post Bank eyes launch of investment fund with local banks

The state-backed Japan Post Bank Co. is considering setting up an investment fund with local financial institutions to support small- and medium-sized companies as it aims to diversify its fund management options, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. It would enable Japan Post ...

'Farmland bank' program off to a slow start

Aug 6, 2015

'Farmland bank' program off to a slow start

The government is to set to give more teeth to a “farmland bank” program aimed at boosting the competitiveness of Japan’s agricultural sector. The program is designed to consolidate small and scattered plots of farmland through “farmland banks” set up by all 47 prefectural ...