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The Recent Internationalisation of Japanese Banks

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  • Batten, Jonathan
  • Szilagyi, Peter

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We investigate the changing role and direction of Japanese bank internationalisation with an emphasis on the period from 1995 to 2008. In recent years Japan has gone from being a net receiver of international bank lending of US$230 billion (1995) to a net lender to international banks of US$235 billion (2008). The analysis of the international positions demonstrates that (a) Japanese banks significantly reduced their international exposures to mitigate the effects of their failed loans in the Asia-Pacific region; (b) European integration has been associated with enhanced claims, while during the same period Japanese claims were reduced; (c) Japanese bank internationalisation appears to be at odds with customer-related motivations, although such a low risk strategy would be consistent with socio-cultural or geographic influences, the effects of asymmetries in information and risk aversion. Finally, we can add to existing facts concerning the differences between domestic and international banking.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 48049.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Publication status: Published in Japanese Economy 1.38(2011): pp. 81-120
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Keywords: Bank Financing; Financial Market Development; International Banking; Japan;

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