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Why Don't Japanese Banks Earn Enough?


  • Yuko Kawamoto


Improved earnings are becoming the first priority for banks. In this article, I would like to look back at how the profit structure of Japanese banks has evolved in recent years. Figure 1 shows overall banking profits since the 1980s. Profits from the traditional financing businesses such as lending and bill discounts, which exceeded 80 percent in the first half of the 1980s, fell to roughly 70 percent because of the expansion of the dealing and fee business at the beginning of the 1990s. The story of how the banking business diversified is told in how the fee business, which had been approximately 10 percent, expanded to about 20 percent in the middle of the 1990s, thanks in part to promotional efforts made by banks.

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  • Yuko Kawamoto, 2000. "Why Don't Japanese Banks Earn Enough?," Japanese Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(3), pages 69-93.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jpneco:v:28:y:2000:i:3:p:69-93
    DOI: 10.2753/JES1097-203X280369

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