ACGA Statement on CG Reform in Japan

On December 15, 2009, ACGA released its new "ACGA Statement on Corporate Governance Reform in Japan" in both Japanese and English. The statement is a follow-up to the 2008 ACGA "Japan White Paper" and a response to the various corporate governance policy papers produced this year by leading business and government agencies in Japan - namely, the Nippon Keidanren, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Financial Services Agency (FSA), and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

  • The Statement analyses and offers reform recommendations on five main issues:
  • The role of independent directors vis-à-vis "statutory auditors" (Kansayaku);
  • Shareholder meetings and proxy voting;
  • Private placements and other capital-raising issues;
  • Cross-shareholdings and other equity investments;
  • Company-investor dialogue.