Realizing the potential in the growing volume of commercial mortgage-backed securitizations in Japan, a number of domestic insurance companies are looking to boost their income through guaranteeing CMBS deals.

Leading the charge is Mitsui Marine & Fire Insurance, which recently announced it would guarantee the payment of interest and principal on real estate-backed securities, as well as market policies to insure the buildings and property in such deals from fire, environmental and default risks.

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