Latest Intelligence on Financial Services in Japan

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Nintendo's WiiU will drive NFC uptake

In a recent statement to investors, Nintendo announced that its upcoming WiiU games console will include NFC capabilities in the device's controllers. While primarily targeted at game functionality, Nintendo has emphasized that the functionality will also allow for in-game micropayments. This will likely lead to a rapid upsurge in NFC capabilities for consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2012
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NFC comes to Japan with strings attached

Japan's second largest telecommunications operator KDDI has announced plans to sell the first standardized NFC phone in the Japanese market. Early purchasers, however, will struggle to use the NFC capabilities as the number of deployed NFC-enabled POS terminals is in the hundreds rather than the hundreds of thousands.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2012
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India climbs into the top 10 wealth markets list

The global wealth market declined in 2011 after two years of robust recovery, with the eurozone sovereign crisis, natural calamities, and stock market volatility taking their toll. Uncertainty about the future of the euro and the worsening of the sovereign crisis in Europe are predicted to cause continuing problems, but many emerging markets are expected to continue marching ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2012
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JCB learns from experience with new mobile wallet

The JCB Mobile Wallet will require significant long-term investment to garner any real payoffs - particularly with regards to its features and offers - as nearly half of Japanese consumers currently have a mobile wallet but do not use it.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2012
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There is still wealth in Japan

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has become the third international bank to pull out of the Japanese private wealth management market, announcing the sale of its stake in its joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ. Japan is tough for foreign banks but is still the largest Asian private banking market, with high net worth assets forecast to grow.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012
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Abenomics spurring Japanese wealth M&A

Divergent views on Japan are resulting in motivated sellers and willing buyers. Societe Generale has become the latest foreign player to sell out of Japan's wealth management market, but Datamonitor doubts it will be the last.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2013
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NTT DOCOMO's virtual prepaid card faces usage struggle

NTT DOCOMO's new virtual Visa prepaid card service for online shoppers will require considerable long-term investment to garner any real payoffs, as there is a general unwillingness to use prepaid online in Japan.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2013
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Citibank's retreat opens up Japanese mass affluent space

Of all the markets that Citibank is withdrawing customer operations from, the retreat from Japan will have the most impact on the mass affluent space.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2014

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