Gareth Allan

Deutsche Bank Japan head Makoto Kuwahara leaves for Credit Suisse

He will be replaced by Tamio Honma, head of global markets in Japan and co-head of the institutional client group for Asia-Pacific

Norway’s $1t sovereign fund eyes Japanese real estate market

Norges Bank has the capacity to complete “a couple of” 100 billion yen ($912 million) deals in Japan each year “if the right opportunities come along”.

Alipay scouts Chinese tourists to crack open difficult but lucrative Japanese market

Alipay is working with retailers in popular tourist spots such as the Ameya Yokocho shopping street in Tokyo’s Ueno district. 

Japan’s MUFG seeks to spend $900m on acquisitions in Asia, US

MUFG has bought stakes in banks in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in recent years.

China’s answer to Airbnb sets sights on Japan as tourism booms

The Beijing-based startup aims to increase the number of properties available for holiday rental to about 100,000 by 2019 from 10,000 now.

Mizuho seeks $100b from overseas transaction business this fiscal

Mizuho is seeking new ways to boost international earnings at a time of negative interest rates at home.

Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui to add 250 staff abroad for investment banking push

Japan’s biggest banks are expanding abroad and diversifying operations

Japan’s MUFG teams up with US accelerator Plug and Play

Tie-up is the first between a Japanese bank and a global accelerator firm.

Fintech venture targets hedge funds with big-data research

A Japanese startup is entering the equity-research business in a bid to challenge the dominance of securities firms by using computers to crunch vast troves of information and predict companies’ earnings. Nowcast Inc., a financial-technology venture formed last year out of the University of Tokyo, will begin providing automated earnings… Read more »