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Takako Taniguchi
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 23, 2015
Japanese investors finding voice amid Abe push for independence
The votes are in: Japanese investors are finding it easier to say no.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 9, 2015
SMBC Nikko aims to hire rare experts to manage riskier bank debt
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. is seeking as many as six new hires for a team specializing in underwriting bonds issued by banks that would insulate taxpayers from costs if the lenders later fail.
BUSINESS
Jun 22, 2015
Activist hedge fund TCI profits in private as Japan Tobacco says no
For four years a hedge fund urged one of Japan's oldest companies to raise its dividend, and each time the answer in public was no.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 9, 2015
Toyota lockup stock draws criticism; some call it bid to tame owners
Hiroki Sampei has a long list of things he does not like about Toyota Motor Corp.'s new class of equity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 5, 2015
Kunio Ito, the man behind Japan's corporate governance blueprint, is feeling pleased
The architect of a revolution at domestic companies is a happy man.
JAPAN
May 31, 2015
Japan '30 years behind' in corporate governance, top U.S. money manager says
David Herro, a money manager who oversees $35 billion (¥4.35 trillion) worth of investments and learned about Japanese corporate governance the hard way, says for all Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts, the nation remains 30 years behind in this area.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 7, 2015
Japan must shut out short-term investors, says Orix founder
Yoshihiko Miyauchi, who ran Orix Corp. for more than 30 years, says Japan must discriminate against short-term shareholders.
BUSINESS
Oct 20, 2014
Aesop's fable becomes a symbol of Japan's new shareholder activism
Seeking to explain changing attitudes in the world's second-biggest stock market, asset managers in Tokyo have been evoking ancient Greece.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 20, 2014
Tepco to spend ¥2.67 trillion to grow
Tokyo Electric Power Co. is considering spending about ¥2.67 trillion on strategic investments through partnerships as it seeks to chart a path to growth beyond the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster.
BUSINESS
Jul 26, 2013
Regional financial firms should integrate across borders: LDP's Shiozaki
Regional financial institutions should consolidate across geographical boundaries to help revive the economy, lawmaker Yasuhisa Shiozaki of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 6, 2013
SMBC lender to up China branches
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.'s consumer loan unit plans to open as many as four China offices in the next two to three years, more than doubling the number to tap demand in the world's second-largest economy.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2012
Resona vows early bailout payback
Resona Holdings Inc., recipient of a ¥1.96 trillion bailout in 2003, plans to pay back most of the money still owed to taxpayers earlier than scheduled thanks to growing profit reserves.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 25, 2012
MUFJ to hire 200 for derivatives business
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. will hire 50 currency and interest-rate derivatives traders globally in the next three years to help more than double annual profit in the business to ¥500 billion.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 7, 2011
Bankers urge aid for Tepco
The government needs to come to the financial aid of Tokyo Electric Power Co. before banks resume lending to the beleaguered utility, the head of the Japanese Bankers Association said.
JAPAN
Sep 16, 2009
Credit Saison to maintain independence
Credit card firm Credit Saison Co., 14.3 percent owned by Mizuho Financial Group Inc., will remain independent of the bank as its rivals join up with the country's biggest lenders.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 17, 2009
Shinsei to swing ax at ex-GE financing unit
Shinsei Bank Ltd. plans to cut "hundreds" of jobs at the consumer lending unit it bought from General Electric Co. last year as the industry contracts, the head of the division said Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 11, 2009
SMFG's woes bad sign for banks
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.'s unexpected $3.9 billion loss and plans to seek capital are adding to evidence that Japan's biggest banks may struggle to weather the deepening recession.

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