Japanese insurers hike rates again following disasters

Japanese insurers hike rates again following disasters | Insurance Business Asia

Japanese insurers hike rates again following disasters

The recent streak of natural disasters has prompted Japan’s four largest non-life insurers to raise premiums on commercial fire insurance policies by about 4%.

This latest increase, which will take effect as early as January 2021, was announced just a month after a previous rate hike, Nikkei reported. Individual policyholders will also encounter higher premiums on similar products, which cover fire, flooding, and wind damage to property.

The four companies – Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance – follow the calculations of the General Insurance Rating Organization, which comes up with the reference rates used in setting premiums, the report said.

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Successive typhoons, namely Faxai and Hagibis, have inflicted heavy property damage in Japan, and have cause around 100 fatalities. Claims from the two typhoons alone exceeded ¥600 billion.

According to an executive of one of the insurers, the full-year total is “highly likely” to reach a trillion yen, factoring in the claims stemming from other disasters, such as the Kyushu floods in July.