Japan's Private Banking Industry: The Competition



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Code : COM0111

Year :
2006

Industry : Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

Region : Japan

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment : Not Available

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Abstract: Although Japan is considered as one of the fastest growing markets for private banking in Asia, the concept of private banking was alien to the Japanese for many years. Citibank was the first financial institution that introduced private banking to the Japanese and played an important role in the development of private banking in the country. Following Citibank's success, many other financial institutions, both domestic and foreign, entered the industry. However, the private banking industry in Japan received a blow in the year 2005, when Citibank was issued a notice to close down its private banking operations in the country, for violating the rules and regulations of the Japanese financial systems regulator Financial Services Agency [FSA]. After Citibank pulled out of private banking in the country, the competition among the other financial institutions providing private banking services intensified. The economic reforms undertaken by the Japanese government also encouraged many financial institutions to provide private banking services to their clients. Analysts expect demand for private banking services in Japan to increase manifold in the coming years.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the development of private banking industry in Japan
  • To discuss the role of Citibank in the development of private banking in the country
  • To discuss the competitive scenario in the private banking industry in Japan
  • To discuss the opportunities available to various players present in the Japanese private banking industry, especially after the withdrawal of Citibank from the industry
  • To debate whether various foreign and domestic financial institutions were taking the right step by taking increasing exposure to the private banking industry in Japan.


    Keywords : Private banking; Japan; Citibank; Competition; High net worth individuals; Government financial institutions; Industry Analysis Case Study; Postal savings system; Foreign banks; Japanese financial system; Reforms; Baby Boomers; Wealth management services

    Contents :
    Development of Private Banking in Japan
    Competition in Japan's Private Banking Industry
    Private Banking in Japan - The Future


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