HSBC Leaving Japan and Closing Branches

SBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest bank, will withdraw from consumer banking in Japan, closing down six branches four years after starting the business.HSBC will stop selling new investment products, including mutual funds, from March 8, and it will end operations in its branches in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya by July 31, the London-based bank said in the memo e-mailed to its customers yesterday and obtained by Bloomberg News. A spokesman in London confirmed the details of the e-mail.The U.K. lender is scaling back in parts of Asia, including Japan, South Korea and Thailand, as Chief Executive Officer Stuart Gulliver cuts costs and prepares for tighter capital rules. HSBC last month agreed to sell operations in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras to Colombia’s Banco Davivienda SA for $801 million to focus on bigger markets in Latin America.

Read the rest of the story: HSBC to Withdraw From Japan Consumer Banking, Close Branches.