JPMorgan Eyes Japan Buys, Joint Ventures: FT


JPMorgan Chase is eyeing joint ventures and acquisitions in Japan to help it expand in the world's second-largest economy, the Financial Times quoted JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon as saying.

Shares in Aozora Bank jumped nearly 13 percent and Shinsei Bank leapt more than 10 percent after the newspaper said analysts had named the two banks as potential targets.

"I have asked the management teams here that they come up with joint ventures and acquisitions that, if they did make sense, we will pursue. We think Japan will be a great market over time," Dimon was quoted as saying at a management forum.

Dimon's comments come as Citigroup prepares to list its shares in Tokyo next month and make brokerage unit Nikko Cordial a wholly-owned subsidiary to help it tap Japan's estimated $13 trillion in household assets.

"We clearly would be as aggressive as Citi," the Financial Times quoted Dimon as saying.