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Japan to issue business improvement order to Mizuho after system failures

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Japan's financial regulators are set to issue a business improvement order against Mizuho Financial Group Inc. and its banking arm Mizuho Bank over a string of system failures this year. | REUTERS

The administrative measure comes after seven system failures have occurred at the Japanese megabank this year.

Evergrande to make bond coupon payment, easing market jitters

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

A man walks past a housing complex by embattled Chinese property developer Evergrande in Guangzhou on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

The announcement of the payment comes as Evergrande, once China's top-selling developer, inches closer to a key deadline for an interest payment on a dollar ...

Crunch time for Evergrande, but no ‘Lehman moment’

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2021

A vehicle drives past unfinished residential buildings at Evergrande Oasis, a housing complex developed by Evergrande Group, in Luoyang, China, on Sept. 16. | REUTERS

With the future of Evergrande hanging in the balance, global markets have plunged on fears that one of China's biggest developers could collapse and cause ...

Mitsubishi UFJ to sell part of American unit to U.S. Bancorp

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2021

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. plans to sell part of its American banking unit MUFG Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp, according to sources. | BLOOMBERG

The Japanese financial group will acquire MUFG Union Bank's operations for corporate customers and then sell all the shares to U.S. Bancorp, the sources said.

Casinos and Evergrande crises renew worries over China stocks

By Jeanny Yu,Chloe Lo
- via The Japan Times    Sep 18, 2021

The Wynn casino resort in Macao in 2019.  | AFP-JIJI

A soft rebound on Friday was small consolation for investors, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index and the mainland’s CSI 300 gauge still ending the ...

China’s nightmare Evergrande scenario is an uncontrolled crash

By Shen Hong,Enda Curran,Sofia Horta E Costa
- via The Japan Times    Sep 17, 2021

A China Evergrande Group sign atop the Evergrande Center in Shanghai on Wednesday | BLOOMBERG

The timing is particularly tricky as China juggles an economic slowdown, a sweeping crackdown on the private sector and rising tensions with Washington.

The rationale behind SBI’s targeting of Shinsei Bank

By Taiga Uranaka
- via The Japan Times    Sep 17, 2021

Yoshitaka Kitao, CEO of SBI Holdings Inc., speaks at the FinSum fintech summit in Tokyo on March 16. | BLOOMBERG

CEO Yoshitaka Kitao sees the acquisition of the bank as key to expanding his sprawling businesses.

Banks beware, outsiders are cracking the code for finance

By Anna Irrera,Iain Withers
- via The Japan Times    Sep 17, 2021

An employee works at Shopify's headquarters in Ottawa in October 2018. | REUTERS

Global brands are cutting out the traditional financial middleman and plugging in software from tech startups to offer customers everything from banking and credit to ...

Next prime minister unlikely to set off Bank of Japan policy shift, survey shows

via The Japan Times    Sep 16, 2021

The next prime minister is unlikely to push for a change in the Bank of Japan's monetary policy, economists say. | BLOOMBERG

Some 84% of survey respondents predict there won’t be any meaningful change in monetary policy as a result of the new political leadership, while the ...

Shinsei Bank claims SBI’s explanation not enough over takeover bid

via The Japan Times    Sep 16, 2021

Shinsei Bank has yet to clarify its stance on the planned takeover but pointed out in a statement that some information given by SBI is ...

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