Taro Aso has made some promising proposals but faces challenges from a mountain of public debt. He is 10th out of 12 in FinanceAsia's Finance Minister of the Year ranking.
The Japanese megabank is buying a 20% stake in Philippine lender Security Bank in an acceleration of its overseas shift.
The new president of UBS's Asia operations tells FinanceAsia there are broad-based growth opportunities in China and Japan.
The Boston-headquartered private equity firm sold its 50% stake in Jupiter Shop Channel to Jupiter Telecommunications.
The Swiss bank has made a series of senior appointments across the region to reflect the growing importance of Asia to its overall business.
Japanese call centre operator Bellsystem24 is expanding in Asia now that it has completed a $411 million IPO, executives at the firm told FinanceAsia.
The US fund sells Simplex to Japanese developer Hulic for ¥155 billion.
The triple listing of Japan Post Holdings and its banking and insurance units offer a good alternative investment for retail investors in a low interest rate environment.
The US private equity firm's third Japan buyout fund closed after a protracted fundraising exercise that saw it enlist new and existing investors.
The privatisation of Japan’s huge postal service, bank and insurance companies are under way, offering a high dividend yield in the hope of tempting Mrs Watanabe.
The Japanese insurer is catching up with its peers who are already in the Lloyd's market.
Tokyo-listed GLP J-Reit, a Japanese investment trust, is aiming for its third follow-on offering to fund the purchase of five logistics properties from its sponsor.
FinanceAsia profiles Kathy Matsui, the first female partner in Goldman Sachs in Japan and author of a key research report on women in the workforce.
Researchers at London Business School use a facial action coding system to assess the sincerity of public apologies by executives at listed firms.
Japanese media company Nikkei agrees to buy the FT as Pearson focuses on education business. The deal excludes Pearson’s 50% stake in The Economist Group.
Deal for Bayer Diabetes Care is a rare example of a large overseas acquisition by a Japanese company/foreign private equity group partnership.
Deal for US group would mark the biggest overseas purchase by a Japanese insurer on record.
China is pushing for the renminbi to be included in the IMF’s accounting mechanism, but some suggest more financial reform is needed to raise confidence in the currency.
Japan’s marquee companies have signed a record-breaking run of transformational foreign acquisitions – and their financiers are shouldering the risk.
The Japanese pharmaceuticals giant has finally exited from its troubled foray into India by selling its entire stake in Sun Pharmaceuticals for $3.2 billion.