Thursday, November 23, 2017

Japan

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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More Japanese insurers to raise premium rates

More Japanese insurers to raise premium rates

The Bank of Japan’s ultra-low interest rates are squeezing the profitability out of savings-type policies.

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Japanese insurers expand cyber attack coverage to IoT

Japanese insurers expand cyber attack coverage to IoT

Several of the country’s major non-life insurers are offering wider coverage and higher payout limits.

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Nippon Life to venture into project finance

Nippon Life to venture into project finance

With some Japanese government bonds paying negative yields, insurers are exploring new ideas.

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Japan to cut auto insurance premiums

Japan to cut auto insurance premiums

Compulsory liability premiums will go down by an average 6.9%, the first fall in nine years.

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Insuring Japan Inc

Insuring Japan Inc

A shrinking population and weak economy is creating some unique challenges for Japan’s insurers.

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Japanese insurers join rush to enter Iran

Japanese insurers join rush to enter Iran

More than 140 foreign insurance and reinsurance companies are in talks with the Iranian regulator.

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Sony Life inks deal with Australia’s ClearView Wealth

Sony Life inks deal with Australia’s ClearView Wealth

The agreement will see the two companies sharing information to drive efficiency and growth.

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2016 disasters cost US$158bn, says Swiss Re

Insured losses rose by 30%, but covered less than a third of the costs incurred from catastrophes.

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