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*Exporters rise as USD stays above 100 yen. TOKYO, Nov 20- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning as recent outperformers including banks and non-life insurers pulled back, offseting gains in exporters after the dollar traded above 100 yen. Panasonic Corp rose 1.5 percent, Toyota Motor Corp added 0.5 percent and Nikon Corp rose 1.4 percent.
TOKYO, Nov 19- The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, seeking to revive its finances, will receive $2 billion in funding from its lenders via private-placement bonds, a step that will offer greater protection to creditors, people familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.
TOKYO, Nov 19- Japan's Nikkei share average stepped back from six-month highs on Tuesday morning, with a bounce in the yen denting exporters while financials retreated after their recent earnings-led rally.
*Kyocera, Toyota Motor slip after stellar gains last week. TOKYO, Nov 18- Japan's Nikkei rose slightly to hold at six-month highs on Monday morning as investors scooped up financial shares after recent strong results, though recent outperformers like Toyota Motor Corp took a breather.
TOKYO, Nov 15- Japan's Nikkei average surged above the 15,000- mark for the first time in six months on Friday, as strong quarterly earnings buoyed financials while exporters took advantage of the yen's slide to a two-month low against the dollar.
*Mizuho Financial Group posts Q2 net of 181.8 billion yen vs 356 mln a year ago. "We are seeing a slight increase in domestic loan demand, but capital expenditure has not shown sharp growth yet," Yasuhiro Sato, the president of Mizuho Financial Group told a news conference after releasing the group's results.
*Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Q2 net 274.9 bln yen up 156 pct vs year ago. *Mizuho Financial Group posts Q2 net of 181.8 billion yen vs 356 mln a year ago. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group, respectively Japan's largest and second largest lenders by assets, posted strong results on Thursday for the first half of the financial year.
TOKYO, Nov 14- Japan's scandal-hit Mizuho Financial Group lifted its full year forecast as its net profit surged in the second quarter ending in September, thanks to a stock market rally that boosted the value of its equity portfolio.
TOKYO, Nov 14- Japan's scandal-hit Mizuho Financial Group said net profit jumped 133.2 percent in the first half of its financial year compared with a year ago, driven by a rally in stocks that boosted the value of its equity portfolio.
*Lifts full-year net profit forecast 750 bln yen from 580 bln yen earlier. TOKYO, Nov 12- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc, Japan's third-largest lender by assets, raised its profit forecast for the year ending in March, as a rally in Japanese stocks pushed up the value of the bank's equity holdings.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's financial regulator will widen a probe next week into whether all three of the country's big banks, including top lender Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, conducted transactions with Japanese gangsters, known as the yakuza.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Financial Services Agency said on Tuesday it will start inspection of three major banks, including the country's top lender Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, from next week over possible transactions involving "yakuza" mobsters.
*Expansion into Asia paying off. SYDNEY, Oct 29- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd reaped gains from its focus on Asia to book a fourth straight year of record profits and offered a better-than-expected dividend payout, sending its shares to an all-time high.
LONDON- European shares rise towards fresh five-year highs, and the dollar is under pressure on a growing conviction that the U.S. FRANKFURT- Down in the undergrowth of Europe's economy, something is stirring. Russia's diamond miner Alrosa to raise $1.3 billion in IPO.
TOKYO, Oct 28- Mizuho Financial Group looks likely to escape serious penalty in a loans-to-mobsters scandal after an outside panel said on Monday that Japan's second-biggest bank by assets did not intentionally cover up the shady lending.
*CEO Sato expected to keep job, Mizuho Bank chair could quit. TOKYO, Oct 28- Mizuho Financial Group looks likely to escape serious penalty in a loans-to-mobsters scandal after an outside panel said on Monday that Japan's second-biggest bank by assets did not intentionally try to hide the shady lending from investigators.
*CEO Sato expected to keep job, Mizuho Bank chair could quit.
TOKYO, Oct 25- The head of Mizuho Financial Group looks set to survive the revelation of bank loans to mobsters, a move that could revive his recently flagging efforts to improve corporate governance at Japan's second-largest bank by assets.
TOKYO, Oct 25- The president and CEO of Japan's Mizuho Financial Group, Yasuhiro Sato, is likely to survive a scandal involving loans to members of organised crime syndicates, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.
Swings in Singapore's growth data are likely to continue in the coming quarters due to its reliance on international trade and financial services.