Tag - insurance



Nippon Life Insurance will focus purchases on 30-year JGBs, with the current yield of above 1.8% "good in terms of absolute level," a representative for the insurer said at a recent briefing.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 27, 2023
Japan's life insurers to boost JGB buying but wary of policy shift
Nippon Life, Dai-Ichi Life and Meiji Yasuda Life were among those who said they aimed to buy the longest-dated JGBs amid the highest yields in a decade.
AI software is being used to detect cognitive decline in older Japanese drivers in order to help prevent accidents.
Oct 22, 2023
AI startup helps insurers spot cognitive decline in elderly drivers
Once reliant on a driver's age and model of car, some insurers now rely on AI to expedite settlements and craft more precise risk assessments.
There are expectations that Japan’s life insurers may increase purchases of Japanese government bonds as yields rise at home along with signs that the central bank is edging toward a normalization of monetary policy.
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 13, 2023
Japan’s rising yields and yen hedging costs drive insurers to JGBs
Japanese government bonds are drawing interest amid signs that the central bank is edging toward a normalization of monetary policy.
Whistleblower reports on Bigmotor's fraudulent activities prompted Sompo Japan and two other major nonlife insurers to suspend customer referrals to Bigmotor in June last year, but Sompo Japan soon resumed the referrals.
Oct 11, 2023
Panel raps Sompo Japan's resumption of business with Bigmotor
The report said the resumption of business was caused by concerns among Sompo Japan execs about possibly losing deals with Bigmotor to rivals.
Financial Services Agency officials enter Bigmotor's Tama outlet in western Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 19, 2023
Watchdog starts on-site probe of Bigmotor and Sompo Japan
The investigation aims to dig deeper into the insurance fraud scandal by the leading used-car dealer. The probe is likely to take several months.
Sompo Japan Insurance President Giichi Shirakawa apologizes during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 8, 2023
Sompo Japan president to resign for Bigmotor insurance fraud scandal
The insurer's close relationship with the used car dealership has come under scrutiny since the firm was found to have made fraudulent insurance claims.
New president of Johnny & Associates Noriyuki Higashiyama (left) and Julie Keiko Fujishima, who stepped down as president, take questions from the media during a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
Sep 8, 2023
Tokio Marine considers ending ad contract with Johnny's
Tokio Marine has been using Masaki Aiba, a Johnny's personality, in its advertisements since January 2022.
Bigmotor, embroiled in a scandal over excessive repair fees and auto insurance fraud, may have forced its subcontractors to lower prices and have their company vehicles undergo periodic inspections at its workshops, according to sources.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 2, 2023
Japan fair trade body probes scandal-hit Bigmotor over subcontracts
The company may have forced its subcontractors to lower prices and have their company vehicles undergo periodic inspections at its workshops.
Load and haul operations at Thungela's thermal coal mining operation, Isibonelo Colliery (formerly Anglo American), in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, in March 2019
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 1, 2023
Coal miners forced to insure themselves amid climate concerns
Dozens of insurers have announced restrictions on their cover for the coal industry, particularly for new projects
A reader for My Number cards doubling as health insurance cards is set up at a clinic in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, this month.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 25, 2023
Linkage of My Number and insurance cards faces delays
A survey found that the linkage work was incomplete for 770,000 people across the country for whom the process was underway.
Novo Nordisk' anti-obesity drug Wegovy
Aug 18, 2023
Insurers can’t avoid covering weight-loss drugs forever
Evidence is mounting that drugs like Wegovy not only help patients lose weight but also help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Nippon Life Insurance headquarters in Osaka. Japanese insurers are seeking more investments in private credit, attracted to their floating interest rates as global borrowing costs jump.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 18, 2023
Private credit boom attracts Japan insurers with $2.6 trillion
Dai-ichi Life Insurance and Nippon Life Insurance are among companies that are seeking more investments in private credit.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) and Digital Minister Taro Kono observe digitized administrative procedures in the city of Fukuoka on July 27.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 8, 2023
My Number report highlights errors by insurers and local governments
Roughly 20% of surveyed local governments followed the wrong procedures when linking My Number with disability records.
The Financial Services Agency's headquarters in Tokyo. The agency is expected to order four major insurers to submit records of contracts for which they allegedly arranged premium levels to avoid competition.
Aug 3, 2023
Japan insurers suspected of price-fixing for corporate contracts
Dozens of suspected price-fixing cases surfaced after employees were asked to report suspected antitrust business activities.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a meeting of the government and ruling parties held at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Tuesday. The My Number system was among the issues discussed at the meeting.
Aug 2, 2023
41% of local leaders seek delay to My Number card plans
The results come following a spate of personal data security errors in the My Number system.
Transport ministry officials leave a Bigmotor dealership in Nagoya on Friday after conducting on-site inspections.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 31, 2023
Bigmotor suspected of fabricating insurance contracts
The news came on top of an investigation report that showed employees padded maintenance fee claims to insurance firms by deliberately damaging cars.
Bigmotor's cozy relations with insurers have come to light in the wake of its scandal over fraudulent auto insurance claims.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 27, 2023
Repair fraud scandal spotlights cozy ties between Bigmotor and insurers
Japanese used car dealer Bigmotor's scandal over fraudulent auto insurance claims has spotlighted its cozy relations with major insurers.
The expansionist era is over for Taiwan's life insurance industry.
Jul 27, 2023
U.S. interest rate hikes haunt Taiwan’s $1 trillion life insurance industry
Over the past year, local regulators have repeatedly loosened operating rules after a cocktail of unrealized investment losses.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 8, 2023
Is space the final frontier of extreme travel insurance?
Last year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance said they would jointly develop space insurance offerings.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2023
Japan aims to fix medical fee errors linked to My Number by August
System errors over the use of My Number cards as health insurance certificates have caused many patients to have to pay the full amount of medical costs out of their own pocket.


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