Friday, April 27, 2018

Japan

Majority of Japanese health insurance societies loss-making

Majority of Japanese health insurance societies loss-making

Of the 1,389 health insurance societies, more than 60% are expected to end the fiscal year in the red.

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Nippon Life commits US$94m to fintech investment

Nippon Life commits US$94m to fintech investment

Japan’s biggest private insurer has said that it will invest in fintech and so-called “insurance+α” areas.

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Sompo International creates retail platform for global integration

Sompo International creates retail platform for global integration

The group envisions bringing all its international businesses outside Japan under the ownership of one unit by 2020.

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Japan cat pricing unmoved

Japan cat pricing unmoved

Last year’s huge nat-cat losses in the US do not appear to be pushing prices up in Asia.

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Six Japanese life insurers consolidate pension businesses

Six Japanese life insurers consolidate pension businesses

The move is aimed at combatting the effects of the government’s persistent, low interest rate policy.

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Japan to help develop Myanmar’s insurance sector

Japan to help develop Myanmar’s insurance sector

Prime minister Shinzo Abe made the commitment during the Myanmar-Japan Joint Economic Conference.

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Nippon Life buys 5% stake in Deutsche asset management unit

Nippon Life buys 5% stake in Deutsche asset management unit

The Japanese insurer is expected to invest around US$375m in DWS Group and get a seat on the board.

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Nippon Life eyes majority stake in MassMutual for US$980m

Nippon Life eyes majority stake in MassMutual for US$980m

The 85% stake will add a bigger branch network to the Japanese insurer’s traditional female agency force.

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Rakuten takes on Japan’s big three

Rakuten takes on Japan’s big three

The Japanese e-tailer’s acquisition of Asahi Fire & Marine shows how tech players are set to disrupt.

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Japan’s Rakuten to acquire Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance

Japan’s Rakuten to acquire Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance

The e-commerce group has confirmed that it is considering buying the insurer from Nomura.

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Nippon Life eyes more acquisitions

Nippon Life eyes more acquisitions

The company’s new president says the strategy is driven by Japan’s shrinking population and low interest rates.

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SoftBank eyes backing Indian insurance startup

SoftBank eyes backing Indian insurance startup

PolicyBazaar, an online insurance aggregator, was valued at US$500m during its last funding round.

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Shimizu expected to become Nippon Life president

Shimizu expected to become Nippon Life president

Hiroshi Shimizu is the company’s current director and senior managing executive officer.

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Japan insurers shift to longevity plans

Japan insurers shift to longevity plans

As the elderly population grows, companies are offering plans that accept customers up to 90 years of age.

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Sompo Holdings to buy Lexon units

Sompo Holdings to buy Lexon units

The deal to acquire the second-biggest surety insurer in the US is estimated at up to US$266m.

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Nippon Life to buy 24.75% stake in TWC Group

Nippon Life to buy 24.75% stake in TWC Group

The Japanese insurer will acquire 24.75% of the US investment firm from Carlyle for an estimated US$488m.

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L&G targets Japanese market

L&G targets Japanese market

Britain’s Legal & General is set to offer company pension scheme insurance and investment management.

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The times are not a-changing

The times are not a-changing

Economy outlook: the Fed’s new governor signals policy continuity, while Japan and China also pursue more of the same.

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