Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Japan

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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Japanese optional auto insurance premiums set to drop

Japanese optional auto insurance premiums set to drop

Improvements in vehicle safety may be good for car owners in Japan, but not so good for insurers.

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Stable outlook for Japanese life industry, says Moody’s

Stable outlook for Japanese life industry, says Moody’s

After a protracted period of low interest rates, the ratings has agency changed its outlook from negative to stable.

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Japan’s employment insurance premiums to hit record low

Japan’s employment insurance premiums to hit record low

The government is bent on cutting premiums to spur personal consumption and corporate spending.

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Japan’s quake cover remains low

Japan’s quake cover remains low

Penetration rates remain surprisingly low despite being one of the most seismically active countries in the world.

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Mitsui Sumitomo to offer cover for bitcoin losses

Mitsui Sumitomo to offer cover for bitcoin losses

Developed with bitcoin exchange operator bitFlyer, the product aims to protect both exchanges and their customers.

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Anbang eyes US$2.3bn Japanese property acquisition

Anbang eyes US$2.3bn Japanese property acquisition

The China-based insurer is now in talks with Blackstone to buy the residential property assets.

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AIG loses on Fuji Life, gains on Seoul finance centre

AIG loses on Fuji Life, gains on Seoul finance centre

The expected US$30m loss on the Fuji sale will be cushioned by a deal to sell the Seoul IFC.

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FWD to buy AIG’s Japan life business

FWD to buy AIG’s Japan life business

The Hong Kong-based insurer has taken another step towards its goal of becoming a pan-Asian insurer.

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Japan insurance industry a model of deregulation

Japan insurance industry a model of deregulation

CEO of MS&AD says the country’s deregulation of its insurance sector provides a good lesson.

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Japan not tapping full potential of its captive market

Japan not tapping full potential of its captive market

As cross-shareholdings in corporate Japan weaken, the role of captives could be set to rise.

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