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A bank and two securities companies under Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group could face punitive action for allegedly sharing customer information without consent, sources said.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 7, 2024
MUFG units could be penalized for sharing client information
MUFG Bank and the securities firms exchanged information related to clients’ mergers and acquisitions without their consent, sources say.
Nomura Holdings Chief Executive Officer Kentaro Okuda
BUSINESS / Companies
May 24, 2024
Nomura pay for top executives rises 150% as profit rebounds
Total compensation paid to the firm’s eight executive officers in the year ended March 31 rose to ¥4.46 billion.
Norinchukin Bank is one of Japan’s largest institutional investors with a ¥55.9 trillion ($357 billion) securities portfolio, and bonds make up more than half of its investments.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 21, 2024
Norinchukin weighs $7.7 billion fundraise to cover bond loss
As a result of restructuring its securities portfolio, the Tokyo-based bank may book about ¥500 billion in losses for the current fiscal year, one source said.
Nomura Holdings aims to almost its double pretax profit by the end of the decade.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 14, 2024
Nomura seeks to double profit by 2030 in latest growth plan
Japan’s biggest brokerage plans to generate pretax income of more than ¥500 billion ($3.2 billion) with a focus on its key wholesale division.
Dai-ichi Life Holdings has begun to include more alternative investments in its ¥33.9 trillion portfolio, and is also looking at increasing mergers and acquisitions.
Apr 18, 2024
Shifting market spurs Dai-ichi to adjust ¥33.9 trillion portfolio
The firm is cutting its holdings of domestic equities, which are surging, to avoid too much exposure to the asset class.
Goldman Sachs is exiting transaction banking in Japan, less than a year after announcing plans to enter the business
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 8, 2024
Goldman Sachs exits Japan transaction banking in sudden reversal
The bank will remain focused on growing its transaction banking operations in the U.S., U.K. and European Union, according to a spokesperson for the firm.
Kathy Matsui in 2019
Mar 8, 2024
Ex-Goldman executive Kathy Matsui says womenomics needs work
Matsui said the effort to increase women in leadership positions is "a matter of trial and error to find the best fit” for companies.
An advertisement for the new Nippon Individual Savings Account in Tokyo in January
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 9, 2024
Revamp of tax-free investments in Japan spurs jump in accounts
The creation of the new savings accounts is one of a slew of measures to lure more buyers to the Japanese market.
Nomura Holdings plans a buyback of up to ¥100 billion.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 1, 2024
Nomura’s trading overhaul advances as CEO plans buyback
Nomura Holdings plans a buyback of up to ¥100 billion.
The Financial Services Agency ordered SBI Securities to halt part of its business related to initial public offerings through Jan. 18 as a penalty for having manipulated clients' post-IPO share prices.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 13, 2024
Japan’s biggest online brokerage SBI punished for market rigging
The Financial Services Agency on Friday instructed the nation’s biggest online broker SBI Securities not to solicit trade orders from clients for shares on the day they list.
The Tokio Marine & Nichido Building in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 26, 2023
Japan penalizes biggest property insurers for price fixing
The Financial Services Agency has issued business improvement orders on the core units of Tokio Marine, MS&AD Insurance and Sompo.
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities hopes to record its highest-ever income from Japan in the current fiscal year, and work together with Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities to overtake Nomura Holdings as the top broker in the country.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 25, 2023
Morgan Stanley expects record Japan revenue as BOJ fuels trading
Shift in the nation's monetary policy could spur more client activity, says the CEO of Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities.
Nomura Holdings CEO Kentaro Okuda in Tokyo in May
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2023
Nomura eyes extra $100 million wholesale banking cost cuts
CEO Kentaro Okuda said that ensuring the recovery of Nomura's macro products business, where it has a high market share, is an important issues.
A resurgence in market activity has already helped to boost earnings at Barclays’ Japanese securities arm this year, which is likely to surpass 2022’s record profit of ¥15.1 billion.
Nov 20, 2023
Barclays expects bumper Japan profit amid struggles elsewhere
The British bank is expecting another year of record profit in Japan on the back of the country’s debt and rates market trading resurgence.
Tokyo-based Luup controls more than 90% of the country’s shared e-scooter market in terms of ride mileage.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 13, 2023
E-scooter startup wins over Japanese regulators who confounded Uber
Tokyo-based Luup controls more than 90% of the country’s shared e-scooter market in terms of ride mileage, based on government-compiled data.
The Financial Services Agency said in its annual policy guidance that overseas real estate is among the credit risks to watch this year and that it will assess major banks' "situation of loans” made in this sector.
Aug 30, 2023
Japan regulator to evaluate banks’ commercial property exposure
Commercial real estate has become one of the highest-profile asset classes hit by rapid rate hikes.
Nomura Holdings Chief Executive Officer Kentaro Okuda
Aug 2, 2023
Nomura shares tumble most in two years after profit miss
The stock dropped as much as 8.5% on Wednesday morning, the biggest daily decline since March 2021.
Commuters in Tokyo in March. Japanese women are paid on average around 67% the salaries of men, according to a report based on around 2,000 firms’ financial statements, compiled by advisory firm Willis Towers Watson and others this month.
Jul 29, 2023
Investors see need for more gender pay data in Japan
Some firms have disclosed pay gaps according to different job levels, but most are revealing the minimum amount of information necessary.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 4, 2023
Mizuho on U.S. hiring spree with top 10 underwriting goal in sight
The Japanese bank’s U.S. unit plans to recruit more than 100 people for its investment banking and trading business by the end of March next year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 18, 2023
Nomura slashes profit targets across board, plans major review
The moves underscore the challenges for Nomura leadership as rate hikes and geopolitical tensions dampen investor sentiment.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
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