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China overtakes Japan

China overtakes Japan

The outlook for Asia’s insurance markets is varied, as China becomes the world’s second-biggest premium pot.

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Nippon Life silent on investor voting

Nippon Life silent on investor voting

The Japanese insurer will defy a guideline asking it to disclose its specific votes at shareholder meetings.

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Mitsui & Tokio Marine to cover bitcoin trades

Mitsui & Tokio Marine to cover bitcoin trades

Two Japanese insurers are set to offer compensation for failed virtual currency transactions.

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Cyber coverage surges in Japan as attacks rise

Cyber coverage surges in Japan as attacks rise

Mitsui Sumitomo said its cyber insurance policy sales have increased by 250%.

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Tokio Marine raises stake in Indian unit

Tokio Marine raises stake in Indian unit

The Japanese insurer now holds 49% in the unit after buying an additional 23% stake for US$392m.

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Willis Towers Watson appoints regional head of investments

Willis Towers Watson appoints regional head of investments

Based in Tokyo, Taro Ogai will succeed Naomi Denning, who will be leaving the company.

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Interest rate risk hounds Japanese insurers

Interest rate risk hounds Japanese insurers

Life insurers are failing to extend the duration of their assets because of lingering low bond yields in Japan.

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Top Japanese life firms post steep premium income fall

Top Japanese life firms post steep premium income fall

The negative interest rate policy of Japan’s central bank has weighed on investment income.

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Dai-ichi Life posts sixth straight record profit year

Dai-ichi Life posts sixth straight record profit year

Japan’s third-largest life insurer by revenue posted a net profit increase of 29.6% in the latest fiscal year.

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Tokio Marine to invest more in US corporate debt

Tokio Marine to invest more in US corporate debt

Rising hedging costs are making investment in foreign government bonds less appealing for Japanese insurers.

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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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