Japan Post ordered to report on inappropriate insurance sales

Insurance Business Magazine | August 12, 2019

Japan Post Holdings Co. has been ordered by regulators to report on the inappropriate insurance sales at its Japan Post Insurance arm. The order was jointly issued by the Financial Services Agency and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on August 08, Jiji Press reported. The former state-owned postal operator will be required to discuss the issue of inappropriate sales when it releases an interim report on the scandal in late September, according to sources cited by the report. Regulators said that Japan Post Holdings has failed to provide proper oversight of its insurance unit as well as its mail and parcel delivery arm. The group’s information sharing has also been criticized as insufficient.

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Post-Lehman the Insurance industry was focused on capital adequacy and risk management. Recently, it’s become increasingly common to read and hear about ‘innovation and disruption’ 2,3. Deloitte believe it’s important to challenge, understand and critique this trend rather than simply follow the herd. Important questions that we address include: Why are we seeing this innovation now? Is it a fad? What impact will it have on Irish insurers, their customers and employees? Are there upside opportunities as well as risks? What should you do next to protect and grow your business? This paper will outline the key trends driving innovation and disruption in Insurance across the customer, technology, people and regulatory domains.

Spotlight

Post-Lehman the Insurance industry was focused on capital adequacy and risk management. Recently, it’s become increasingly common to read and hear about ‘innovation and disruption’ 2,3. Deloitte believe it’s important to challenge, understand and critique this trend rather than simply follow the herd. Important questions that we address include: Why are we seeing this innovation now? Is it a fad? What impact will it have on Irish insurers, their customers and employees? Are there upside opportunities as well as risks? What should you do next to protect and grow your business? This paper will outline the key trends driving innovation and disruption in Insurance across the customer, technology, people and regulatory domains.

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