Japan economic and legal stuff
28 September 2010 Last updated at 05:35 ET Takefuji is the biggest consumer lender in Japan to file for bankruptcy Japanese consumer lender Takefuji Corporation has said it has filed for bankruptcy. The corporation said it had a debt of 433.6bn yen ($5.1bn;, £3.2bn), making it the biggest consumer lender to fail. Its problems stem from 2006, when a court ruled that it, and other lenders, had charged illegally high interest rates and must repay borrowers.
JETRO publishes an annual Global Trade and Investment Report (formerly published as JETRO White Paper on International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) until 2009). The paper includes JETRO's estimates for world trade and FDI figures, as well as in-depth analysis of the world economy and Japan's place in it. Previous white papers have focused on such issues as intellectual property rights, the impact of FTAs, overseas operations of Japanese firms as well as the state of foreign direct investment in Japan. The paper is first published in Japanese and later translated into English.
It happened when this writer was talking with an executive of a leading U.S. consulting firm. Our conversation turned to the foreign capital control scheme the Japanese government just came up with on that same day. “Foreign investors will surely get more severe in looking at Japan. If they don't like foreign capital, why did they go public in the first place? There's something wrong with them", the executive said. The Children's Investment Fund (TCI), a British investment fund with a 9.9% stake in Electric Power Development Co.
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