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Nov 21, 2013

Tokyo Electric needs $20 bln for non-nuclear investment -sources

TOKYO, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co,
operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, will need 2
trillion yen ($20 billion)for long-term capital investment in
non-nuclear power operations, sources familiar with the matter
said on Thursday.

The figure, which includes spending to upgrade thermal power
plants, secure rights to overseas energy resources and
participate in overseas power projects, was prepared by Tokyo
Electric and a government body on nuclear damage compensation as
they finalise a business plan due next month.

Nov 14, 2013

Top Japan banks’ Q2 earnings leap thanks to ‘Abenomics’ bull market

TOKYO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Japan’s top banks logged strong
second quarter profit growth and raised their full-year outlook
as a surge in the Tokyo stock market boosted equity portfolios,
but other benefits of “Abenomics” have yet to spread to their
core lending business.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive reflationary policies
started a bull run in late 2012 that saw the benchmark Nikkei
average end September 63 percent higher than it was a
year earlier.

Nov 14, 2013

Japan’s top banks’Q2 earnings leap as ‘Abenomics’ boosts equity holdings

TOKYO, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Japan’s top banks logged strong
second quarter profit growth thanks to equity portfolios boosted
by a surge in the Tokyo stock market, but other benefits of
“Abenomics” have yet to spread to their core lending business.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive reflationary policies
have pumped up the stock market since late 2012 — the benchmark
Nikkei average ended September 63 percent higher than a
year earlier — but bank lending is still struggling to recover,
as companies remain reluctant to invest and consumer spending
has lost steam.

Nov 14, 2013

Mizuho Q2 surges as ‘Abenomics’ boosts equity portfolio

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s scandal-hit Mizuho Financial Group (8411.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) lifted its full year forecast as its net profit surged in the second quarter ending in September, thanks to a stock market rally that boosted the value of its equity portfolio.

A scandal erupted in September around Mizuho, Japan’s second-largest lender by assets, over loans to organized crime, which has since led to scrutiny industry-wide to uncover shady transactions.

Nov 12, 2013

SMFG lifts full-year profit forecast on back of Nikkei’s gains

(Recasts, adds details)

* Lifts full-year net profit forecast 750 bln yen from 580
bln yen earlier

* Full year forecast still 5.5 percent below 2012/13 net

* First half net up 53 percent versus year earlier, but Q2
net up 2 pct year-on-year

* Japanese stock rally buoys profits

By Taiga Uranaka

TOKYO, Nov 12(Reuters) – Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
, Japan’s third-largest lender by assets, raised its
profit forecast for the year ending in March, as a rally in
Japanese stocks pushed up the value of the bank’s equity
holdings.

Oct 28, 2013

Panel says no cover-up in Japan’s Mizuho mob loans scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) – Mizuho Financial Group (8411.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) looks likely to escape serious penalty in a loans-to-mobsters scandal after an outside panel said on Monday that Japan’s second-biggest bank by assets did not intentionally cover up the shady lending.

But while Mizuho’s president and CEO, Yasuhiro Sato, is now expected to keep his job and resume his efforts to unify the fractious “megabank” and improve its governance, Mizuho faces an uphill battle in catching up with its expanding peers.

Oct 28, 2013

Japan’s Mizuho likely to escape serious penalty over mob loans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Mizuho Financial Group (8411.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) looks likely to escape serious penalty in a loans-to-mobsters scandal after an outside panel said on Monday that Japan’s second-biggest bank by assets did not intentionally try to hide the shady lending from investigators.

But while Mizuho’s president and CEO, Yasuhiro Sato, is now expected to keep his job and resume his efforts to unify the fractious “megabank” and improve its governance, Mizuho faces an uphill battle in catching up with its expanding peers.

Oct 27, 2013

Report due on Japan’s Mizuho mob-loan scandal, serious penalty unlikely

TOKYO (Reuters) – Mizuho Financial Group (8411.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will try to put a loans-to-mobsters scandal behind it on Monday, but while Japan’s second-biggest bank by assets may escape serious penalty it faces an uphill battle in catching up with its expanding peers.

A panel of lawyers, appointed by Mizuho, will report its findings on how the bank failed for more than two years to end the loans to “yakuza” gangsters after discovering the shady transactions.

Oct 25, 2013

Mizuho CEO set to survive mob scandal, resume reform push

TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of Mizuho Financial Group (8411.T: Quote, Profile, Research) looks set to survive the revelation of bank loans to mobsters, a move that could revive his recently flagging efforts to improve corporate governance at Japan’s second-largest bank by assets.

Mizuho will not sack Yasuhiro Sato as president and CEO, but may suspend his pay for some period, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The bank is expected to announce its response to the scandal on Monday.

Oct 25, 2013

Mizuho CEO likely to survive mob loan scandal -sources

TOKYO, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The president and CEO of Japan’s
Mizuho Financial Group, Yasuhiro Sato, is likely to
survive a scandal involving loans to members of organised crime
syndicates, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Japan’s second-largest bank by assets has been under fierce
public criticism after top management failed to take action over
the loans for more than two years.