Sumitomo, Mitsui to form JV to target Japanese pensions

Two former rival keiretsu are joining forces to position for the yet-to-be-transformed Japanese pension market.

The marriage of two of the most powerful keiretsu in Japan has moved one step closer this week. Sumitomo Group and Mitsui Group, once arch rivals at home and beyond, have announced they are forming a joint venture pension consulting business next month, providing pension investment advice to both retail and institutional clients. The new entity, Japan Pension Navigator Co Ltd, will have a start-up capital of Y2.5 billion $23.2 million.

Eight companies under the two groups' umbrellas will have equal shares in the new company. Under Sumitomo Group, a 25% share goes to Sumitomo Life Insurance, 15% to Sumitomo Bank and 5% each to Sumitomo Marine Fire Insurance and Sumitomo Trust Banking....

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