Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Japan

10 Japanese insurers’ outlook raised to stable

10 Japanese insurers’ outlook raised to stable

Japan’s improving economic outlook has lowered risks over the trajectory of public debt.

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AIG completes sale of Fuji Life to FWD

AIG completes sale of Fuji Life to FWD

The Japanese insurer will become a wholly owned subsidiary of FWD and will continue to operate under its current name.

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Japan Post Insurance to raise risk assets

Japan Post Insurance to raise risk assets

The insurer plans to raise its holdings of assets such as stocks, foreign bonds and alternative assets.

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Japanese insurers’ set foreign bond record

Japanese insurers’ set foreign bond record

Purchases topped US$70bn during the past financial year as part of a strategy to seek higher returns.

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Japanese insurers boost project financing

Japanese insurers boost project financing

Companies such as Nippon Life are now crafting their own lending teams and adding significant liquidity to the market.

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Fukoku Mutual Life to invest US$5bn in riskier assets

Fukoku Mutual Life to invest US$5bn in riskier assets

The Japanese insurer has announced plans to invest in higher-yielding foreign corporate debt and equities.

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Sumitomo, BNP to develop low-cost Japan policies

Sumitomo, BNP to develop low-cost Japan policies

The Japanese bank and French insurance arm will jointly develop products targeting home loan applicants.

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Dai-ichi Life seeks higher market share in South-East Asia

Dai-ichi Life seeks higher market share in South-East Asia

The Japanese insurer has been aggressively pursuing business opportunities in the region.

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Scor Global Life wins approval for Japan branch

Scor Global Life wins approval for Japan branch

The opening of the branch is part of a strategic plan to expand and deepen its franchise.

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Japanese life insurers likely to cut premiums next year

Japanese life insurers likely to cut premiums next year

With longer life expectancy in Japan, life insurers in the country are expected to reduce premiums by 5–10% beginning 2018.

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Global M&A activity at lowest level in three years

Global M&A activity at lowest level in three years

However, Asian transactions were still robust, with 12 of the top 20 deals by value in 2016 involving an Asian insurer.

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Nippon Life plans US$4.4bn M&A investment

Nippon Life plans US$4.4bn M&A investment

Japan’s biggest life insurer says it is planning to double its net profit during the next the four years.

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Japan non-life insurers increased leverage in 2016

Japan non-life insurers increased leverage in 2016

Average financial gearing grew to 6.1% in 2016 amid an expansion of insurers’ international acquisitions.

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Japan national health insurance system posts deficit

Japan national health insurance system posts deficit

The continuing deficit is due to rising costs perpetrated by the country’s ageing population and expensive new treatments.

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Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Japan head

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Japan head

Paul Atkinson succeeds Juerg Stoll, who has held the role since 2010 and is becoming country head for Malaysia.

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Sompo partners with Stanford and startup incubator

Sompo partners with Stanford and startup incubator

The Japanese insurer aims to develop products and services for the age of autonomous vehicles and robots.

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Dai-ichi Life considers using fintech in life insurance

Dai-ichi Life considers using fintech in life insurance

The Japanese insurer is using its investment in bitFlyer to explore innovations that unite finance and technology.

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Japanese firms turn to health data to set premiums

Japanese firms turn to health data to set premiums

Individualised premiums could be based on exercise times, sleep length, heart rates and other data.

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