Swiss Re Japan News - September 2014

Dear Clients,

I'm sure many of you would agree that this year is flying by.

Next Thursday, we will host our inaugural Swiss Re Annual Forum in Tokyo under the theme "We’re Smarter Together in Finance and Risk Management". The event will focus on global and Japanese economies, regulation, asset and liability management, and capital management, through a combination of presentations, panel discussion and audience participation. Following the great success of the Asia Health Symposium Tokyo in June, we are confident that this Forum will serve as a catalyst for generating dialogue among participants and speakers.

The ASEAN Economic Community is to be formally established in December 2015 and this is likely to have significant implications for the Asia Pacific insurance industry. We would appreciate your views on these implications by completing a short survey. We will share the results in our forthcoming expertise publication, which we hope our clients will find useful.

In this edition, we also take a look at a number of interesting topics in the industry, including the risks associated with hydrofracking and their potential impact on insurance, global long-term care system trends, our Chief Economist Kurt Karl's interview with CNBC on the global economy and industry outlook in Asia, and the latest Nat Cat sigma (English and Japanese versions available).

Last but not least, we recently posted Swiss Re’s 150th Anniversary film on YouTube.

Enjoy reading and watching!

Best regards,

Steve Arora
Head of Japan


Hydrofracking: A rising star, but uncertainties exist

Natural gas is the fastest growing traditional energy source, which has been bolstered by shale gas extraction as technologies for hydrofracking evolve. Learn more about risks associated with hydrofracking and its potential impacts on insurance business.

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Funding care for the elderly: Working across sectors

As Japan continues to address the growing burden of care costs for its ageing population, as in other markets, government LTC reforms have created significant opportunities for the insurance industry globally in the form of new shared responsibilities, new risks, new products and solutions and new funding streams.

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What's on your mind about the ASEAN Economic Community?

Your views are precious for us to study the impacts of future establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community to the insurance industry in Asia. In return to your contribution, we will send you a report summarizing the aggregate results along with additional information about the AEC.

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Global economy and outlook for Asia - What to expect from Japan and Europe GDP data

Dr Kurt Karl, Swiss Re's Chief Economist, provided an update on the global economy and the outlook for the Asia re/insurance market during his visit in Singapore. He also had an interview with CNBC, where he shared his expectations for Japan and Europe's gross domestic product figures, which is due for release this week.

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Asia Health Symposium Tokyo

Swiss Re's Health Symposium on 4 June 2014 in Tokyo attracted not only our top clients but also academics from universities, the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, representatives from the WHO and the Embassy of Switzerland to explore ideas on "Funding Healthy Ageing in 21st Century Japan".

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Nat cats and man-made disasters in 2013

Our 01/2014 sigma study reports that in 2013, global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 45 billion, down from USD81 billion in 2012. Of the 2013 insured losses, USD 37 billion were generated by natural catastrophes, with hail in Europe and floods in many regions being the main drivers.

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Swiss Re 150 Years Anniversary Film now on Youtube

Discover the thoughts from people across the globe for the world's biggest challenges such as climate change and more.

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