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Mar 20, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

These Risky U.S. Loans Are Adored by Japanese Investors"It is very important to select actively managed portfolios. "Japanese Financial Services Agency issues guidance on capital requirements for securitisation investors"JFSA is encouraging institutional investors to set clear selection process and risk management policies. "Japanese Risk Retention: JFSA Favors Diligence Over Disruption Hundreds of Firms May Be Demoted in Tokyo Exchange Shakeup"It should be a social responsibility to maintain a qualified pool of companies." Japan and U.S. join rest of the world in grounding Boeing 737 Max jets as crash data raise concerns"Hopefully technical issues be clarified soon." Recent price rises fail to boost Japan inflation"Japan is matured enough that price increase would only result in less consumption…" Not just a Japanese disease: Mizuho’s woes afflict the world"Warning to all banks running business in a flat yield curve environment." Policy (BOJ)Japan to Tackle Global Financial Regulation Disharmony at G-20 Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryNissan faces governance row over board chairmanship BusinessSoftBank, Other Investors in Talks to Invest $1 Billion in Uber’s Self-Driving Unit 

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Mar 06, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Japanese pension funds: Slowly but surely"Should be time to review asset definitions. "Alternatives" would not help monitoring nor risk management." Mitsubishi to Acquire Aviation Finance Business of DVB BankJapan's MUFG to buy German DZ Bank's aviation finance arm"Good move. Potentially JREIT market might grow to aviation sector."  Policy (BOJ)Japan plans rule change to encourage regional bank consolidation: NikkeiMizuho Bank chief calls on BoJ to reconsider monetary easing Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryDalton Calls for `Massive' Buybacks, Board Seat at Shinsei Bank MarketCLO Market's Japanese Buyers Face More Regulatory Scrutiny  

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Feb 27, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

There's a Fad for Corporate VCs in Japan. That's a Good Thing"Corporate mainstream are more interested in VCs than its  pension plans. Can't they collaborate and share expertise?"Japan launches 100m euro fund to invest in Nordic, Baltic tech companies"Again, corporate investments. There should be a way to bridge corporate activities and pension fund management."PRIMER: Japan's proposed retention rule for securitization."For those who are interested in." BusinessHow Toyota is helping Japan with its multibillion-dollar push to create a hydrogen-fueled society Policy (BOJ)Japan PM Abe's adviser says BOJ can shelve its price goal

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Feb 20, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

The Bank for Japanese Farmers That Fuels the Global Lending MarketHow Japan’s farmers and fishermen backed the leveraged loan boom"Looks like western people like this story although CLO bond is just part of a huge lending market." Japan’s Women Need More Than JobsSignificant Changes to Japan's Labor Laws Will Take Effect in April 2019: Are You Prepared?"The introduction of "Equal Pay For Equal Work" is expected to improve unfair situations." MarketNomura Asset Management to provide Japanese funds access to CLSSettlement BusinessToyota-SoftBank venture to start taxi ride-sharing trial in TokyoJapan's Kyushu Electric to scrap aging nuclear reactor at Genkai EconomyJapan’s Economic Rebound Fails to Dispel Concerns Over MomentumJapanese Economy Scores ReboundJapan’s economy returns to growth despite trade war worries 

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Feb 13, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Apple Suplier Japan Display reportedly saved by $723m bailout from China and Taiwan"National project to consolidate cyclical business is being rescued by China and Taiwan. Political power should better stand away from businesses. "Abe defends BOJ's policy"The number of employment had increased, especially the once retired above 60 generation. Surely they would gain much less than the working generations." BusinessSoftBank’s Son Transforms $5.5 Billion to $17 Billion Overnight

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Feb 06, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Shiseido Establishes a New Factory in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture"Responding to growing global demand." Japan's MUFG third-quarter profit falls 6 percent on decline in gains from stock holdings"Details→Financial Highlights under Japanese GAAP for 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019" Japan to require casino resorts to have unprecedentedly big hotels"Public comments by March 4." Japan is back as a top global contender"Fair satement." BusinessAI-based medical diagnostic services set to debut in JapanToyota, Panasonic look to charge up JapanJapanese Gas Major To Ramp Up Overseas Investment

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Jan 30, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Minutes: BOJ fiercely divided over rate cuts during ’08 crisis"Although a sensitive information, 10 years after might be too late."Nissan’s Silent Minority Deserves to Be Heard"When most of the minorities are passive investors, how would they react? Terminating passive shold be a difficult decision. Then, it's on asset management firms' hands."Japan's Asahi to buy London Pride brewery for $330 million"The sale of the beer business to Asahi Europe Ltd (AEL) represents a multiple of 23.6x EBITDA of £10.6 million (c.$14 million) for the 52 weeks ending 31 March 2018!" Policy(BOJ)BOJ watchers split on Kuroda's next step -- tightening or easingBOJ minutes show disagreement over level of bond yieldsMajor Central Banks to Slow Pace of Tightening, Moody's SaysBank of Japan holds rates steady but trims inflation outlook  

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Jan 23, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan firms have no plans to strengthen governance after Ghosn arrest: Reuters poll"Although accurate disclosure is very important, the question here may be more about Mr. Ghosn's incentives behind the fact." Investors have for decades taken an 'Asia ex-Japan' approach. Some say that's 'obsolete'"Because Japan is no more dominant in the region. Makes sense." New Japanese regulatory proposal could hit US CLOsU.S. CLO Market at Risk From Proposed Japanese Rule Change"The proposal is based on BIS revision announced in 2016. (https://www.bis.org/press/p160711.htm). Improving investors ability to select good assets might be more important than applying rules." BusinessCarlyle, Nomura plan joint bid for beer maker OrionJapan Tobacco ratchets up smokeless war with new products EconomyForeign tourists spent record ¥4.5 trillion in Japan in 2018

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Jan 16, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit“The demand for senior care is driving innovation and spawning startups.”World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan“In Tsukuba Science City.” Governance / Stewardship / FiduciaryChance to change the World Bank's governance EconomyHow Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy GPIFGPIF puts funds under an AI microscope

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Jan 09, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Carlos Ghosn To "Vigorously" Defend Himself In Japan Court, Says Son"Son is not Mr. Masayoshi Son, Carlos Ghosn's son."Ministry panel launches governance review of Japan Investment Corp. as whole board set to quit"Why METI cannot be an LP? Investment and creating a potential additional board seat for ex METI officials are different agendas. " BusinessSoftBank said to be investing $2 billion more in WeWorkJapanese Giant Mizuho Financial Group to Introduce Digital Currency for Cashless Payments EconomyTen Surprises for Japan in 2019 Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryStewardship Code : 239 institutional investors have signed up to the Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors as of December 14, 2018 

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Dec 26, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Policy (BOJ)"Diverse nuances..."Japan Finally Concedes Its Crazy Low Prices Can’t Be Beat Japan's central bank chief signals room to boost stimulus as economic risks riseBank of Japan keeps stimulus unchanged at last policy meeting of year Business"Expecting further discussions about the fairness of subsidiary IPO and appropriate valuation."After record Japan IPO, SoftBank Corp shares fall 14pc on debutSoftbank shares down as mobile unit makes Tokyo debutSoftBank’s Biggest Backers Balk at Planned $16 Billion Acquisition of WeWork Japan Inc heads abroad in $180bn deal rushJapan’s Post Holdings Buys 7% of Insurer Aflac Governance / Stewardship / FiduciaryNissan Alters Governance Code, Won't Rule Out Renault Stake Sale EconomyJapan exports slow to crawl as global growth, trade woes dim outlook 

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Dec 19, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Policy(BOJ)Japan's central bank to warn of rising growth risks, policy seen steady BusinessSoftBank writedown will cloud Son's way forwardJapan Post finally faces deep structural reforms MarketJapan’s new year faces a painful reckoning for markets GPIFJapan’s GPIF to raise alternative assets allocation to 3% in three years: Report

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