Daiwa Bank - Lessons in Risk Management

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Case Code : FINC033
Case Length : 8 Pages
Period : 1996-2006
Pub. Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Daiwa Bank
Industry : Banking
Countries : Japan / US

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Background Note

Daiwa was founded by Tokushichi Nomura (Nomura) in May 1918. It launched its operations in Osaka in August 1918.

Though Nomura was mainly engaged in the securities business in Osaka, he decided to establish a bank with the objective of providing support to small and medium-sized enterprises. In 1926, the securities division was separated and established as a securities company. The banking division was named The Nomura Bank Limited, in 1927. The Wall Street financial crash in 1929 proved to be a blessing in disguise for the bank. The bank was designated as the Osaka Prefectural Government's6 sole authorized banking agency. While other banks were unwilling to accept the responsibility of administration of government operations requiring numerous complex procedures, Daiwa valued the public aspects of managing the main depository.

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This helped in promoting Daiwa's credibility. In 1944, following a merger with Nomura Trust Company Limited, Daiwa became the first financial institution in Japan to undertake both ordinary banking and trust7 businesses.

Following the dissolution of large financial conglomerates, in the postwar period, the bank changed its name to Daiwa Bank Limited in October 1948. In 1949, Daiwa was designated as an authorized foreign exchange bank.

It had emerged as one of the top financial institutions in Japan, engaged in commercial banking, trust and foreign exchange business. Recognizing the need to ensure a quality life for senior citizens in Japan, Daiwa launched its pension trust8 business in 1962. In the next couple of decades, the bank emerged as a leader in the corporate pension business. In 1993, Daiwa acquired a majority stake in one of the leading security companies in Japan, Cosmo Securities Limited...

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6] Osaka Prefectural Government is a local government in Japan and covers 33 cities, 10 towns and 1 village.

7] Trust is a legal arrangement in which an individual (the trustor) gives fiduciary control of property to a person or institution (the trustee) for the benefit of beneficiaries.

8] A trust providing the service of pension administration.


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