Japan Post eyes up to 8% stake in U.S. insurer Aflac
Japan Times -- Dec 15
Japan Post Holdings Co. plans to acquire a 7 to 8 percent stake in U.S. insurer Aflac Inc. for about ¥300 billion as part of its strategy to expand operations overseas, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Japan Post, which is in a partnership with the U.S. insurer’s Japanese arm, hopes to expand its tie-up to include the joint development of insurance products by taking a stake in Aflac, the sources said.

The former state postal service hopes to complete the purchase by the end of 2019 at the earliest, according to the sources.

Under Aflac’s rules, an entity having a voting right of less than 20 percent can boost its right to 20 percent after holding its stake in the U.S. company for a certain period of time. Japan Post hopes to keep its stake until it obtains a 20 percent voting right, which would make it the largest shareholder.

日本郵政がアメリカの保険大手「アフラック」に約3000億円を出資する方向で調整していることが分かりました。 日本郵政はアフラックの発行済み株式の7%程度を取得し、4年後をめどに持分法適用会社とする方針です。これによってアフラックは日本郵政グループとなります。
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