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Financials

Japan regulator mulls ordering Japan Post to suspend insurance sales - Nikkei

TOKYO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Japan’s financial regulator is considering ordering Japan Post and Japan Post Insurance to suspend sales of insurance policies, the Nikkei Shimbun reported Monday.

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) will also seek clarification of responsibility at the Japan Post Group for in excess of 10,000 cases of missold insurance, the newspaper said. It is also mulling ordering changes to business practices at Japan Post Holdings, according to the report.

Japan Post is conducting an internal investigation after discovering thousands of cases of improper sales. Once the probe is concluded, Japan Post Insurance has said it will consider imposing punishments such as disqualifying insurance agents who violated the law or internal rules.

The FSA was not immediately reachable for comment.

Reporting by Kevin Buckland and Takashi Umekawa; Editing by Edmund Blair

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