TOKYO, Nov 24 A former top official at Japan's
antitrust watchdog on Friday cast doubt on whether smaller banks
should form large-scale mergers to survive, underscoring
differences within the government on strengthening local
TOKYO The grim outlook for Japan's smaller regional banks, who are suffering as Japan’s rural population shrinks rapidly, is prompting some to dive into a new, potentially lucrative line of business that until now was largely taboo: mergers and acquisitions.