TOKYO, May 1 (Reuters) – With losses from ill-fated
expansions still fresh in their minds, executives at Daiwa
Securities Group and other top Japanese brokerages are
waiting to see if the “Abenomics” boost has staying power before
they invest aggressively again.
The industry has enjoyed bumper profits largely as a result
of a 60 percent rally in the Nikkei average since mid-November,
sparked by hopes the economic policies of Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe would jolt the economy out of its two-decade slumber.
TOKYO/SIENA (Reuters) – Nomura Holdings Inc (8604.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday Italian prosecutors had frozen its assets in Italy in connection with a high-profile investigation over a derivatives contract with local lender Banca Monte Dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
Nomura Chief Financial Officer Shigesuke Kashiwagi said his bank had been informed on April 23 that Nomura Bank International’s (NBI) assets in Italy had been frozen.
TOKYO/HONG KONG, April 23 (Reuters) – After Singapore,
A pro-casino group of Japanese lawmakers has tapped an
influential member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
as its leader and plans to submit legislation this year aimed at
opening the world’s third-largest economy to casino gambling.
Although casinos are illegal, Japanese are already active
gamblers, and a pinball-like game called pachinko generates some
$200 billion in revenue each year – about the same as Toyota
Motor Corp. Japan is often touted as the next major
casino market after Chinese enclave Macau, the world’s biggest
gambling hub, which raked in revenue of $38 billion last year.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s SMBC Nikko Securities will expand its domestic retail branch network by more than 20 percent over the next three years as it bets that the new premier’s economic policies will lift the stock market further, the head of the country’s third-largest brokerage said.
Tetsuya Kubo, who became president of the brokerage arm of banking group Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc (SMFG) (8316.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) this month, said he wanted to open 25 new branches as part of an effort to increase retail client assets by one-third, to 30 trillion yen ($302 billion), by 2016.
TOYKO/MANILA, March 17 (Reuters) – The FBI and Philippine
investigators probing potential bribery related to Universal
Entertainment Corp’s bid to build a casino in Manila
have zeroed in on a $25 million payment the Japanese company now
says should never have been made.
Rodolfo Soriano, a consultant with ties to the former head
of the gaming regulator in the Philippines, received the fee in
2010 to secure land rights for the $2 billion casino, Universal
had said. But records reviewed by Reuters show those rights were
obtained for free in 2009.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Osaka Securities Exchange is investigating how Universal Entertainment Corp (6425.OS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) accounted for millions of dollars paid in 2010 to advance the Japanese firm’s casino project on Manila Bay, people with direct knowledge of the inquiry said.
The exchange’s involvement is the first time the payments have drawn the attention of Japanese regulators. The FBI and Philippine authorities have been investigating $40 million in payments to a politically-connected consultant in Manila since last year.
TOKYO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The Osaka Securities Exchange is
investigating how Universal Entertainment Corp
accounted for millions of dollars paid in 2010 to advance the
Japanese firm’s casino project on Manila Bay, people with direct
knowledge of the inquiry said.
The exchange’s involvement is the first time the payments
have drawn the attention of Japanese regulators. The FBI and
Philippine authorities have been investigating $40 million in
payments to a politically-connected consultant in Manila since
TOKYO/MANILA (Reuters) – Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada was facing a crisis: work on his dream casino by the bay in Manila was going nowhere.
Instead of a world-class resort packed with Chinese high-rollers, Okada, 70, was sitting on a $300-million patchwork of reclaimed and undeveloped land next to the Manila airport that by the middle of 2009 was threatening to become a money pit, according to company records and people involved.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei stock average could rally nearly 30 percent in 2013 due to an aggressive push to reflate the economy under the country’s new premier, the chief executive of Daiwa Securities Group told Reuters in an interview.
While securities executives are known for their bullish market predictions, the comments from Takashi Hibino reflect an optimism among business leaders that the policies of Shinzo Abe will give Japan’s sluggish economy a needed jolt.
TOKYO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada’s Universal Entertainment funneled at least $30 million to an ex-consultant for the Philippines gaming authority who is now at the center of a bribery investigation, according to sources and company records.
The sum is six times the amount initially confirmed by Reuters and could, if found to be bribery, result in Okada being stripped of his firm’s casino license in the Philippines and also jeopardize his gaming license in Las Vegas.