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NAIC Meets with Japanese Counterparts to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2017) — Representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met today with the Financial Services Agency of Japan (FSA) for the seventh NAIC-FSA Insurance Regulatory Dialogue. This biannual dialogue brings together regulators from the world’s two largest insurance markets, representing more than 47 percent of worldwide premium income.

The NAIC and the FSA discussed regulatory issues of mutual concern including cross-border reinsurance treatment, the implications of the low and negative interest rate environment on insurance and key issues at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) including systemic risk assessment.

"More than ever, the two largest insurance markets in the world must continue to work together to ensure that international standards are practical and implementable, resulting in benefits for not only supervisors, but also consumers and insurers overall," said Ted Nickel, NAIC President and Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner, in his remarks. "Through our work here, and our continued cooperation with our friends from Japan, the supervision of global insurance groups is continually strengthened."

"The dialogue contributes significantly to the enhancement of mutual understanding and trust between the NAIC and FSA," said Shunsuke Shirakawa, Vice Commissioner for International Affairs of FSA. "It also plays an important role in exchanging our views on the work of the IAIS."

Nickel was joined by Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito and NAIC CEO Mike Consedine. The NAIC delegation also met with the U.S. Treasury Attaché in Tokyo and U.S. industry members to learn more about recent developments and current trends in the insurance market in Japan.

The NAIC-FSA Insurance Regulatory Dialogue was formalized in 2014 as a major initiative to further develop and enhance the mutual understanding of each jurisdiction’s respective regulatory frameworks and to advance the supervision of cross-border insurance groups.

About the NAIC

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the U.S. For more information, visit www.naic.org.

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