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Takahiko Hyuga
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 7, 2016
Trip to Tokyo? Ex-Goldman trader sells secret, top dining access
Are you a business traveler who wants to jump to the front of the waiting list for Tokyo's most exclusive restaurants? Check out this former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trader's new venture.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 20, 2016
Mizuho seeks to challenge Nomura as nation's biggest equity firm
Mizuho Financial Group Inc., the mega-bank that added dozens of stock analysts and salesmen in the past year, is seeking to loosen Nomura Holdings Inc.'s stranglehold on the nation's potentially lucrative yet elusive retail brokerage business.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 8, 2016
Nomura-Keio fund boosts investment target for domestic startups
Keio University and Nomura Holdings Inc. increased the fundraising goal for their venture-capital partnership by 50 percent to ¥15 billion after demand from Japanese financial firms during the first phase of financing exceeded expectations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 7, 2016
Mizuho to spur small-business advisory income by adding 200 more bankers
Mizuho Financial Group Inc. is increasing its pool of bankers who advise small Japanese businesses on matters ranging from investing to going public as part of a push to spur fee income at the nation's third-biggest banking group.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 13, 2016
'Pink-slip party' organizer prepares for firm's IPO
Seven years after making a name for itself by hosting a "pink-slip party" for finance professionals left jobless during the global financial crisis, Japanese online recruiter BizReach Inc. is about to start putting some bankers to work.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 18, 2016
Sumitomo Mitsui hires banking veteran Gelber to lead U.S. push
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. has formed an investment-banking group in the United States, part of a push to expand its mergers advisory business even as competitors from Nomura Holdings Inc. to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. move to curtail costs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 16, 2016
Japan Post appoints Nagato as president, replacing Nishimuro
Japan Post Holdings Co. named Masatsugu Nagato as president of the recently listed mail and financial services giant, replacing Taizo Nishimuro following his hospitalization last month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 7, 2015
Brokerage encourages staff to eat, drink less and rest more to work longer
Daiwa Securities Group Inc. has a message for its staff this holiday season: Go easy on the sushi and sake.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 14, 2015
Japan Post IPO 'fully subscribed' after two days
The government received orders for all the shares it is offering in Japan Post Holdings Co. and its banking and insurance units after the first two days of book-building, people with knowledge of the matter said.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 2, 2015
Toyota's lock-stock sale brings customers to Nomura
A new type of security Toyota Motor Corp. is selling is proving a hit with Japanese drawn to the combination of limited risk and fixed dividends that beat the near-zero interest being offered on bank deposits.
BUSINESS
Apr 23, 2015
Daiwa to reboot Asian expansion via stakes in brokerages
Daiwa Securities Group Inc. is seeking to buy stakes in Asian brokerages as Japan's second-biggest securities house resumes expansion in the region after an earlier effort faltered.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 16, 2015
Rizap gym owner seeks to triple profit by shrinking waistlines
For Kenkou Corp., slimmer waistlines mean fatter profits.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 26, 2015
Mizuho seeks to build on No. 1 M&A rank by hiring bankers abroad
Mizuho Financial Group Inc., which vaulted to the top spot among Japan's merger advisers this year by working with Japan Post Holdings Co. and Itochu Corp., plans to build on that position by hiring bankers in the United States and Asia.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 6, 2015
Nomura, SMBC Nikko boost graduate hiring as stocks gain
Nomura Holdings Inc. and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. accelerated hiring of university graduates this year as the stock market rally brightens prospects for securities firms.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 18, 2015
Number of IPOs in Japan projected to hit 17-year high
Nomura Holdings Inc. expects initial public offerings to double to their highest level in 17 years as the resurgent stock market attracts investors to entrants, including Japan Post Holdings Co.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 25, 2014
After IPO, Recruit finds 100 potential acquisition targets
Recruit Holdings Co., Japan's biggest provider of temporary staff, has identified about 100 global companies as potential takeover targets since its an initial public offering this month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
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.
BUSINESS
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 18, 2013
SMBC Nikko and 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.

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