Shingo Kawamoto

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Fear of retirement poverty drives Japanese to private pensions

Business / Economy Sep 25, 2019

Fear of retirement poverty drives Japanese to private pensions

Japanese households are rushing to private retirement products after a government report fueled fears that the national pension system won't be enough to support them during old age. SBI Securities Co. and Monex Group Inc. have seen applications for defined contribution pension plans surge since ...

5G stocks among rare winners in Japan's sluggish market

Business / Tech Sep 5, 2019

5G stocks among rare winners in Japan's sluggish market

Even with an ongoing trade war between the world's two biggest economies, and a weak domestic market, some Japanese investors suggest going long on next-generation technology stocks. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co.'s Next Generation Connectivity Fund has seen its total net assets surge more ...

In bid to go global, MUFG woos overseas talent

Business / Corporate Aug 12, 2017

In bid to go global, MUFG woos overseas talent

Andrew Mitola had never heard of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. until he met recruiters for the bank during his junior year of college. Now the New Jersey native is among the first to join Japan's biggest lender under an overseas graduate hiring program it ...

Nation's regional banks facing choice of mergers or extinction

Business Jul 12, 2017

Nation's regional banks facing choice of mergers or extinction

Hiroshi Iwama and Mitsunori Watanabe used to joke about merging their banks in central Japan. When the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates last year, things got serious. The two golfing buddies run Mie Bank Ltd. and Daisan Bank Ltd., two of Japan's roughly ...

Japan's mega-banks vie for top role as backers of clean energy

Business Jun 30, 2017

Japan's mega-banks vie for top role as backers of clean energy

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. are in a neck-and-neck race to be the biggest lead arrangers of lending to the renewable energy industry in the first half of the year, highlighting the more active financing role for Japanese banks ...