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Nippon Life to stop financing coal-fired power

Business Jul 24, 2018

Nippon Life to stop financing coal-fired power

Nippon Life Insurance Co. will no longer extend loans for, or invest in, coal-fired power plants due to environmental concerns, an official at Japan's biggest life insurer said, in the first such move by a major domestic institutional investor. Japanese banks in recent months have ...

Business Mar 4, 2014

Regional banks face growing pressure to merge

Regulators are increasing the pressure on regional banks to consolidate, worried that shrinking populations outside Japan's major cities will leave lenders too weak to stand on their own. After direct prodding from the head of the Financial Services Agency for the more than 100 regional ...

Business Feb 18, 2006

Boardroom tussles reflect changes in M&As

The decorum traditionally seen in Japan's mergers and acquisitions has broken down, as hostile takeover attempts have grabbed the spotlight. The latest boardroom row, between Origin Toshu Co. and Don Quijote Co., stems from a Don Quijote bid to acquire Origin shares after the discount ...

Business Feb 17, 2006

Brokerage business helps lift Rakuten's profit 2.3-fold

Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. reported Thursday 2.3-fold growth in its operating profit for calendar 2005 to 34.89 billion yen, buoyed by its stock brokerage business. The firm did not offer an earnings projection for this year, but Chairman Hiroshi Mikitani said he expects ...

Business Feb 17, 2006

Corporate character goods harness power of 'cute'

A traditional seasoning flies off store shelves after the bottles begin sporting a cartoon panda. A droplet-shaped character turns a little-known manufacturer into a household name. These are just two examples of the magic worked by the corporate character boom that has gripped the nation ...

Business Feb 16, 2006

Don Quijote shocks Origin by boosting stake to 46%

Don Quijote Co. made a surprise announcement Wednesday that it had acquired a 15.28 percent stake in Origin Toshu Co., refusing to give up its quest for the chain of 24-hour boxed-meal stores. The reversal came after a takeover bid launched by the discount retailer ...