The Bank of Tokyo, Ltd. set up its first representative office in the then Malaya in October 1957 and subsequently obtained its banking license in June 1959, making it the first Japanese bank to provide a full range of banking services.
The Bank of Tokyo, Ltd. (Kuala Lumpur Branch) successfully managed to strengthen economic ties between Malaya and Japan and played a crucial role in the economic development of Malaysia by encouraging large number of Japanese foreign direct investment into this new emerging economy. Further to Malaysian Government's "Look East Policy" in the 80's to attract Japanese investments, the Bank's International Trade and Investment Bureau which was set up in 1979, played a bigger role in disseminating vital information to attract more Japanese investors into Malaysia.
On June 1, 1994, Bank of Tokyo (Malaysia) Berhad was locally incorporated, pursuant to the provision of the Banking and Financial Institutions Acts, 1989 (BAFIA 1989). The locally incorporated entity took over the banking operations from The Bank of Tokyo, Ltd. on July 1, 1994 and became a fully owned subsidiary of its Parent Bank in Tokyo.
On April 1, 1996, The Bank of Tokyo, Ltd. and The Mitsubishi Bank, Limited merged in Japan on an equal-term basis to form The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. To reflect the merger, the Bank's name was changed then to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (Malaysia) Berhad. To further strengthen its presence globally, in October of 2005, the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ("MUFG") was formed through the integration of Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group (MTFG) and the UFJ Group, uniting The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities under a single financial holding company.
Consequently, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd was established on 1st January 2006 from the merger of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd and UFJ Bank, marking the birth of the largest bank in the world in terms of total assets. On the same day, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (Malaysia) Berhad was renamed to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia) Berhad ("BTMU (M)").
Since the creation of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., the positive synergies and economies of scale has continuously kept the bank on the leading edge of new products development and service capabilities for the benefit of its clients worldwide. BTMU (M) has further strengthen its presence in Malaysia with the increased number of customers and its long-term relationship with the existing large number of Japanese investors especially in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors. From 2006 onwards, a strategic alliance with a leading regional financial institution has further strengthened our presence in Malaysia and as a leading banking institution in the region.
BTMU (M) opened its first branch in Penang in July 2012. The Penang branch caters for the fast growing economy in the northern region of Peninsula Malaysia and continues to extend better quality service to the new and existing customers.
BTMU (M) also continuously enjoys strong support and backing of its Parent Bank and its Group with 125 years tradition of pioneer ship in international and domestic banking. The worldwide network of the Group with specialized knowledge and skills especially in treasury products and international trade enable the Group to serve customers well. We sincerely believe in building good long-term relationships with our valued customers. Our customers can be assured of access to the international network and services of MUFG's over 1,200 domestic and 526 overseas network spanning more than 40 countries.