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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Industry: 
Banking
Symbol: 
NYSE:MTU
States: 
NY
Country: 
Japan
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The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is Japan's largest bank and serves as the core retail and commercial banking arm of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.

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"Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. agreed to pay $250 million to the state of New York to settle claims it transferred billions of dollars for countries facing U.S. sanctions including Iran, Sudan and Myanmar. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., the main lending unit of Japan's biggest bank by market value, moved an estimated $100 billion through the state for government and privately owned entities on the Specially Designated Nationals list issued by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) between 2002 and 2007, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement yesterday. The transfers involved about 28,000 clearing transactions and the bank routinely stripped information from wire transfer messages that could identify countries and people subject to international sanctions, the department said. The agreement follows HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA)'s record settlement with the U.S. last year, stemming from sanctions aimed at pressuring Iran to halt its nuclear program. 'We have and will continue to take a hard line in rooting out misconduct at banks that threaten our national security,' Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of the department, said in the statement.” (Bloomberg, “Mitsubishi UFJ to Pay $250 million to NY Regulator,” 6/20/13)

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"The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. was ordered to transfer funds belonging to Iran-based entities to the families of 17 U.S. Air Force service members killed in a 1996 attack in Saudia Arabia... The assets at issue total about $357,000 and Bank of Tokyo said it doesn’t oppose releasing them, according to the filing." (Bloomberg, "Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Must Give Iran Funds to U.S. Families," 1/29/2013)

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"Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp has renewed its annual oil purchase deal with Iran but cut the loading volume to comply with U.S. sanctions against the Islamic nation, trade sources said on Friday…Mitsubishi's new contractual volume from April onwards remained unclear. The company had bought 15,000 barrels of crude per day (bpd), or more, last year."  (Reuters, "Japan's Mitsubishi renews Iran oil imports deal," 6/22/12)

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"Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, which handles most of Japan's payments for oil imports from Iran, on Thursday said it had frozen transactions with Iranian banks after being ordered to do so by the New York District Court earlier this month." (Reuters, "Japan looks to central bank to pay for Iran oil: Nikkei," 5/21/2012)

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"The National Iranian Oil Co., the country’s state-run oil company, will stop Japanese refiners from picking up cargoes until it can find alternative ways to access payments received through accounts at the Bank of Tokyo unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. (8306), the officials said, declining to be identified because of company policies... A district court in New York told Mitsubishi UFJ this month to freeze at least $2.6 billion of Iranian assets held at the bank, Tomohiro Kosaka, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Mitsubishi UFJ, said today... Mitsubishi UFJ filed a petition of objection yesterday to the New York court, said Shinya Matsumoto, a spokesman for the lender in Tokyo." (Bloomberg Businessweek, "Iran Crude to Japan Said to Face Blocks After Court Order," 5/17/2012)

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"Two additional challenges are also in the mix for Tokyo. The first is the financing of oil imports from Iran. Annually, Japan’s oil trade with Iran runs around one trillion yen, or $13.1 billion. On January 19 the Nikkei Shimbun reported that 80 to 90 percent of those transactions are done by the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, and the remainder by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation." (CFR. "Japan's Iran Sanctions Dilemma," 1/31/12)

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"Reports issued by U.S. researchers attempting to document activity by multinational companies in Iran have named...units of Japan's three largest banks--Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group Inc--as doing business that could possibly run afoul of new U.S. rules... A widely circulated report issued this year by a former U.S. Treasury Department official on global banks doing business with Iranian banks named the Big Three Japanese financial institutions. Spokespeople for the three Japanese banks declined to comment on the accuracy of the report, or how the law might affect their operations in Iran." (Wall Street Journal, "New U.S. Law on Iran May Hurt Japanese Firms," 7/1/2010).

 

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