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Nov 2019

Country Profile


Looking after customers first

Meiji Yasuda Life is finding that its home market still has room for growth. We spoke to Akio Negishi about growing life insurance market in Japan.

Ups and down for non-life players

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance is a well-known brand throughout Asia but its home is in Japan, where it is responsible for managing group non-life insurance activities globally. We spoke to Mitsui Sumitomo’s Noriyuki Hara to get a glimpse of business prospects for the future.

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Market for natural risks will expand

Toa Re is both a large reinsurer and a very nimble player in the Japanese market. Toa Re’s Tomoatsu Noguchi talks to Asia Insurance Review about business growth, Nat CAT, cyber, China and more.

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Dealing with an ageing society

The Life Insurance Association of Japan has the perfect overview of domestic life insurers in Japan and provides insights into the future of life business. 

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Steady as she goes

General Insurance Association of Japan chairman Yasuzo Kanasugi discusses business results and the activities of the association in the past year.

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Regulatory issues for insurers in Japan

The Financial Services Agency of Japan is on the record as saying that the three issues at the top its agenda are: Risks and challenges to the global economy; concrete actions to strengthen medium-term growth potential; and policy responses to economic and social changes stemming from both technological innovation and globalisation. 

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Economic value-based solvency for life insurers

Changes are afoot in Japan’s life insurance industry. Meiji Yasuda Life chief regulatory expert Shinichi Kishi provides some insights.

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InsurTech corporate venture capital

We spoke to Ted Shiono and Hiroaki Paddy Masuda at MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings to see how a leading insurer is approaching the InsurTech opportunity.

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InsurTech grows up

For such a highly technological nation, Japan does not immediately appear to be at the forefront of InsurTech development in the Asia Pacific region. We spoke to Plug and Play’s Chang Li to get the inside track.

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The rise of the brokers

Asia Insurance Review spoke to three senior executives from the Japan Insurance Brokers Association – Satoru Hiraga, Jun Yamaguchi and Yoshio Miyatake – about the plight of brokers and seeking growth opportunities.

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Events create opportunity

Those who think that Chubb is a newcomer to the Japanese market may be in for a shock next year as the insurer celebrates its 100th year in the country. We spoke to regional president Brad Bennett about recent business performance and prospects for the future.

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Fast growth in a tough market

MetLife has been in Japan for 46 years and outperformed the industry in 2018 with premiums growing more than 20.5% y-o-y. We spoke to Mr Eric Clurfain about the road ahead.

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