Japanese market News

Private Equity Firm JC Flowers Kept Stake in Japan’s Shinsei Bank Too Long: Opinion

Japan’s banking sector has become a dead zone for private equity. Yet even then, the latest attempt by J. Christopher Flowers to sell Shinsei Bank Ltd. seems like a zombie franchise that has run a few episodes too long. Flowers …

Japan Post’s Share Sale Could Be Delayed by Scandal at Insurance Unit

The government’s plan to sell over $10 billion worth of shares in Japan Post Holdings Co. has been clouded by a scandal at its insurance unit. The subsidiary, Japan Post Insurance Co., is voluntarily refraining from active product sales amid …

Japan Insurers to Invest in Riskier Non-Government Bonds, Seeking Higher Returns

As bond yields evaporate globally, many Japanese insurers are looking to secure higher returns at home and abroad by diversifying into riskier corporate and other non-government bonds in the financial year that began this month. Officials at Japan’s top 10 …

Nippon Life Agrees to Buy 85% Stake in MassMutual’s Japan Unit for $980M

Nippon Life Insurance Co said on Friday it had agreed to buy an 85 percent stake in the domestic unit of U.S.-based MassMutual Financial Group for about 104.2 billion yen ($980 million) as it aims to boost its bancassurance sales. …

AIR Worldwide Introduces Inland Flood Model for Japan

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide has introduced a new inland flood model for Japan along with enhancements to its Japan typhoon model. These models are part of Version 5.1 of AIR’s catastrophe modeling software platform, Touchstone. The AIR Inland Flood …

Nippon Life Eyes Buying MassMutual Japan Unit for Bancassurance Sales: Sources

Japan’s biggest private-sector life insurer, Nippon Life Insurance Co., is in talks to buy a majority stake in the domestic unit of U.S.-based MassMutual Financial Group in an attempt to boost its bancassurance sales, two sources said. Bancassurance, in which …

China’s Ping An to Invest $100M a Year in Japan in Diversification Bid

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. plans to invest $100 million a year in Japanese companies as it seeks to diversify its investments outside of China. China’s second-largest insurer will put money with private equity funds that invest in sectors including …

So. Africa’s Discovery Enters Japan Market with Sumitomo & SoftBank Partnership

Discovery Ltd., South Africa’s third-largest insurer by market value, said it has set up a partnership with Japan’s Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. and SoftBank Group Corp. to develop and introduce products for the world’s third-largest economy. Discovery’s Vitality program, which …

Japanese Insurers Expected to Continue U.S. Spending Spree: Investment Bankers

Japanese insurers made more than $18 billion worth of acquisitions in the U.S. last year, and their spending spree isn’t over yet, industry dealmakers said on Tuesday. Japan has a number of large, healthy insurers facing dim growth prospects at …