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Jul 18, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryShareholders find their voice at Japan's annual meetings GPIFThe giant awakens: five charts on GPIF’s $1.77bn infra portfolio BusinessMUFG Considers Job Cuts at Its Brokerage Business Overseas

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Jul 11, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Yoshio Hishida: how I’m merging fund management at Sumitomo "Big merger is expected to close this year." Japan to Name Toshihide Endo as Top Financial Regulator This Month: Source"Official appointment is expected to be made on July 17th. " Japan’s Financial Services Agency sees need to protect elderly investors"...15 percent of overall securities in the nation, including stocks, may be held by people with dementia by 2035!" Recent NewsGPIFGPIF sends more abroad, cuts back on inhouse management BusinessMitsubishi turnround raises questions for Nissan-Renault  Sumitomo Mitsui Backs Aviation Leasing Arm to Repel China Threat Policy (BOJ)BOJ's Masai urges banks to adjust business model amid new challenges  EconomyJapan is finally starting to admit more foreign workers    

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Jul 04, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

GPIF gets go-ahead for direct fund commitments"Positive move, interesting to watch." Are central banks embracing too much risk?"Yes, governance issues should be discussed more." Recent NewsBusinessSoftBank invests in ‘handy Japan’ hotel technology service Japan's MUFG Calls on Morgan Stanley Expertise in Wealth Management Drive Top 1000 World Banks - Japan's megabanks steer a stable course at the top MUFG-Morgan Stanley Venture Accused of Futures Manipulation Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryMore investors engaging in the battle against climate change: PRI chairman EconomyJapan's Next Economic Boom Will Be Bitcoin And Blockchain Fuelled

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Jun 20, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

BusinessMercari wants to be the first Japan startup to make it in US. SoftBank without founder Son in future is on minds of bond investors Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryCorporate Japan shifts from stock options to actual stock PolicyBOJ far from realizing exit strategy for monetary easing  

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Jun 13, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan's FANG trio have no teeth"Is it because of lack of strategy or lack of dream?" Kansai: Japan’s historic heartland plays to its strengths"Very good read on cultural difference." Days are numbered for ATMs in Japan’s banking system"Life gets easier If banks allow customers to cancel accounts online." Japan's lenders need to be more nimble investors, ex-banker says""Risk based spread" is the most important factors." Corporate Japan sharpens business focus under investor scrutiny"Should be a huge issue for investors who have to own a lot of things."  Recent NewsGPIFThe world's biggest pension fund struggles with sustainability Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryLeading critic of Japan Inc puts funds on alert MarketAsian shares edge higher amid trade tensions and ahead of central bank meetings BanksScrutinize the regional bank lending fiasco   

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May 30, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan’s elderly care bill soaks up worker pay rises"There is no choice, either to pay, to establish its own business, or to work until 75." GPIF contracts show its long-term promise"Hopefully, the discussions on strategy allocation and manager selection would not be mixed." Big Trouble in Little Japan"Japan economy is adjusting towards declining population and lack of labor." Japan’s Chikyoren hires Mitsubishi AM for domestic infrastructure mandate"Chikyoren is the Japan’s second largest pension fund." Tokyo lures in overseas hedge funds and fintech"Tokyo Metropolitan office is targeting to open a 'global financial center' ." Demand from Japanese regional investors lifts Lloyds Samurai"Explains how much demand for yield exists." Japan GDP A Clear Signal For BOJ, While Savings Rate Surges"Most Japanese wealth are held by retired people. They would not spend in a low interest rate environment. "  Recent NewsEconomyJapan Posts Second Highest Current Account Surplus in 2017 Japan's 2017 external assets fall, still biggest creditor nation Policy (BOJ)Bank of Japan's net income rises for second year due to earnings from ETFs BOJ member warns against excessive monetary easing Governance/stewardship/fiduciaryCorporate Japan needs to ditch unnecessary ‘poison pills’ Japan share buybacks pick up pace ahead of AGM season Japan PostJapan Post Bank targets more alternative investments to boost revenues BusinessJapan's Osaka Gas may sign new long-term LNG supplies to boost trading 

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May 16, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan Catches Up With Shipping Consolidation"Wonder whether their next step is to sell vessels to lease or keep owning them." Daimler leads new investors in closing $100bn Vision Fund"Japan mega banks included" Baidu Survey Finds Why Chinese Tourists Visit Japan"Interesting result."  Recent NewsJapan PostJapan Post Bank plans $1.5bn in-house hedge fund BusinessJapanese insurance companies to restrict coal finance  

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May 09, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Regulatory battle heats up over future of Japan's regional banks"Can  Fair Trade Commission cause bankruptcy or not?" Japan’s bloated retail banks need to downsize"According to the World Bank, high-income countries have on average 17.3 commercial-bank branches per 100,000 adults. Japan has 34.1." Mergers a leading option for regional banks seeking to stay afloat"City planning needs to be considered together with financial services policies…"  Recent NewsBusinessJapan's Takeda clinches $62 billion deal to buy drugmaker ShireJapanese banks to participate in AI experiment on improvement of customer-orientated operations Policy(BOJ)Japan’s regulators battle over more than just a banking mergerBank of Japan Ditches Inflation Target Date GPIFJapan’s GPIF to expand measures to boost stewardship roleTop public pension funds delve deeper into equities Japan PostSoftBank ropes in Japan Post investment chief for its board

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May 02, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Mergers a leading option for regional banks seeking to stay afloat"City planning needs to be considered together with financial services policies…" Recent NewsPolicy (BOJ)Japan’s regulators battle over more than just a banking mergerBank of Japan Ditches Inflation Target Date Japan PostSoftBank ropes in Japan Post investment chief for its board   

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Apr 25, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Blackstone’s Japan move highlights governance fight"In order to invest in troubled listed companies in Japan, even $4.5bn may not be enough. There are very large deals and very small deals. Nothing in between. Building trusts between company managements and main banks is essential."

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Apr 18, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Investors stand to gain from Japan's corporate governance reforms"By reducing cross shareholdings, companies will be required to face investors who are looking for better governance and better profitability. "

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Mar 28, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan companies hungry for more business experience on boards"Former executives more active after retirement. Should be good thing for an aging society. " World’s biggest pension scheme overhauls fee structure"Hopefully they use a rolling three to five years return to value a strategy, otherwise, the strategies would not be diversified. " AP PHOTOS: Cherry blossoms reach full bloom in Tokyo"Have a break. Beautiful cherry blossoms."

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