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FIRST INSURANCE COMPANY
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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Profile
From grass huts to high-rise condominiums, First Insurance Company of Hawaii offers personal and commercial property/casualty coverage. It is the leading property/casualty insurer in the island state and has been operating since 1911.
Personal products include automobile, homeowners, and dwelling fire coverage, as well as home warranty and personal umbrella insurance.
Commercial lines include commercial auto, general liability, property, surety, and workers' compensation insurance. The company is jointly owned by CNA Financial and Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance, a unit of Japan's Millea Holdings.
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Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance may have been old, but it showed it could learn new tricks. Japan's oldest and largest property/casualty insurance company, Tokio Marine merged with Nichido Fire and Marine to create Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, which operates as a subsidiary of holding company Millea Holdings.
The merger created the largest insurance sales network in Japan. Through Tokio Marine & Nichido and other subsidiaries, Millea Holdings provides marine, fire, property/casualty, personal accident, and auto insurance.
The company also offers securities through a joint venture with online brokerage bigwig Charles Schwab.
Millea Holdings is allied with the Mitsubishi industrial group.
May 6, 2006
JEFF WATANABE PROFILE
From Greater Good Radio
Jeff Watanabe can be perceived to be the most powerful man in Hawaii? If you consider his position as chairman of the board of Hawaiian Electric Industries, which supplies 93 per cent of the State’s energy to electric utility companies.
And his position in the company is just one of his many roles as member of the board of 16 for-profit and four non-profit organizations. Jeff Watanabe also plays a role as an entrepreneur. He and his colleagues put together their own law firm in 1971–this, straight out of law school. At this time, Watanabe Ing. and Komeiji Llc was the youngest of its kind which went head-to-head with the five biggest law firms in the state....
BIO: Jeffrey Watanabe
Partner and principal Jeffrey N. Watanabe has been with the law firm since 1971. His practice concentrates mainly in hotel and resort development, communications, and general corporate law.
Mr. Watanabe received his Bachelor of Arts in 1965 from the University of California at Berkeley. His Juris Doctor was granted in 1968 from George Washington University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the firm, he was Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii, assigned to the Antitrust Division, 1968-69, and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, 1969-70. He also served as the State’s Chief Counsel in matters before federal agencies.
Mr. Watanabe is widely active in business as well as community affairs. He is a director of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., American Savings Bank, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd., Grace Pacific Corporation, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., Loea Communications Corporation, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., MidWeek Printing/Oahu Publications, Inc., and Oceanic Time Warner Cable.
He serves on the board of trustees of the Consuelo Foundation, the Hawaii Community Foundation, HEI Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Punahou School, Sesame Workshop based in New York and a variety of other civic and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the American and Hawaii Bar Associations...
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