Allianz to halt life insurance sales in Japan

Allianz to halt life insurance sales in Japan

Tokyo: German insurer Allianz said it will halt life insurance policy sales in Japan from next year, less than four years after it began offering them to Japanese customers, reducing its business to managing only existing contracts.

“There will be no changes for customers that hold an existing contract," Allianz said in a news release. It gave no reason for its decision to draw back from Japan.

The company, which employs 259 people locally, holds 33,000 contracts with total assets of ¥228.4 billion ($2.97 billion). Five other units of the German company, including a fire and marine insurer, will continue as before, the company said.

Allianz began selling policies in Japan, the world’s second-biggest life insurance market, in 2008.