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Daiwa loses UK duty of care appeal, faces $150 million bill

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe lost a court appeal on Wednesday that leaves the Japanese bank facing a $150 million damages bill and reinforces the expected duty of care between a bank and a corporate customer. The court was ruling on a dispute between Singularis Holdings, now in liquidation, and London-based… Read More

The hunt for Asia’s El Chapo

He is Asia’s most-wanted man. He is protected by a guard of Thai kickboxers. He flies by private jet. And, police say, he once lost $66 million in a single night at a Macau casino. Tse Chi Lop, a Canadian national born in China, is suspected… Read More

Hidden Gold, ‘Murky’ Payoffs Threaten Japan Nuclear Revival

A payoff scandal has struck Japan’s nuclear world, threatening to delay the restart of idled reactors in what’s becoming the industry’s biggest crisis since the Fukushima meltdowns of 2011. The issue, which emerged at the end of last month, centers around how an influential municipal official in a town… Read More
8th October 2019
AP — The Venezuelan ambassador to Tokyo says his bank account has become inaccessible in Japan in what he said was apparently a consequence of President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze Venezuelan assets in the United States. Ambassador Seiko Ishikawa told The Associated Press that the accounts of… Read More
10th September 2019
Cross-border payment startups are rushing into Asia as deregulation of the sector has enabled online services to operate in the region, in a major threat to existing banks. Among them, TransferWise, a U.K.-based online remittance company, will launch a debit card in Singapore in the next couple of months and in… Read More
28th August 2019
French authorities investigating corruption in international sports believe a Swiss partner of Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc played a “central and essential role” in deals used to embezzle sponsorship money and have asked Switzerland to raid its office and seize evidence, according to a person with knowledge of the probe and documents… Read More
26th August 2019
Iran’s foreign minister made a flying visit for talks with host France at the G7 summit on Sunday, as Paris ramped up efforts to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington, a dramatic diplomatic move that the White House said had surprised them. European leaders have struggled to tamp down the… Read More
30th July 2019
Japanese police have uncovered a record number of money laundering cases, some of which involved international criminal networks using bank accounts in the country, a new report shows. Incidents of money laundering rose about 40% on the year to 511 in 2018, topping 500 for the first time in data… Read More
19th July 2019
AP — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before “serious regulatory and systemic concerns” are addressed. France, which this year chairs the G-7 gatherings on topics… Read More
18th July 2019
Japan’s government is leading a global push to set up an international network for cryptocurrency payments, similar to the SWIFT network used by banks, in an effort to fight money laundering, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday. Tokyo aims to have the network in place in the… Read More
18th July 2019
Group of Seven finance chiefs cast a cloud over prospects for Facebook’s Libra digital coin on Wednesday, insisting tough regulatory problems would have to be worked out first. The massive social media company’s plan to launch a digital coin has met with a chorus from regulators, central bankers and governments… Read More
17th July 2019
The Mercedes-Benz limousines seen chauffeuring around North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this year have stumped outsiders over how the sanctions-hit regime obtained the luxury rides. But researchers now believe they have unearthed the Kim regime’s smuggling secret: It takes three cargo jets, about four months and five countries. A… Read More
19th June 2019
Japan Post Bank Co. will soon limit cross-border remittances in an effort to bolster its anti-money laundering (AML) controls, according to reports by Japanese news outlets. The Toyko-based bank, which currently has no cap on overseas remittances, plans to restrict the payments to 5-million yen, or $46,000, ahead of a… Read More