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FT Briefing: A New Dawn for Corporate Governance in Japan

How Reforms Are Transforming the Outlook for Japanese Equities

New York |

Overview

Corporate governance is changing in Japan, and equity investors look set to reap the benefits. The new Stewardship and Corporate Governance codes, under Prime Minister Abe’s third arrow of reforms, are driving companies to adapt their behaviour and embrace global standards.  The resulting higher profit levels and dividend payouts, as well as steps to introduce independent directors and reduce complex cross-shareholdings, are opening up attractive opportunities for international investors to unlock value in the world’s third largest economy.  Though the pace of change is gradual, the outlook is positive as Abe’s vision for a new ‘Corporate Japan’ takes shape and the voice of foreign and domestic shareholders become part of company culture.

Presenting expert analysis and case study insights on how corporate governance reforms are redefining the outlook for investing in Japan, the Financial Times and Nikkei will convene the second in its series of high level gatherings in New York this October. Join investors, issuers, brokers and advisors for a complete briefing on the structural changes happening in Japan’s companies, and how they are impacting equity valuations and investment returns.

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Agenda - 22nd Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration, networking & refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the Chair
  • 9:05am
    Welcome

    Hidefumi Koshinaka, General Manager of Index Business Office, Nikkei Inc

  • 9:05am
    Opening keynote address: Are Japanese corporate governance reforms a game-changer?
  • 9:40am
    Dialogue - From policy to practice: Making reforms work for international shareholders and stakeholders

    Corporate governance and stewardship reforms in Japan has made great strides in recent years and are having a major impact on the country’s corporate culture, and its attractiveness to investors. But are companies doing enough or truly making substantive changes?  As shareholder engagement increases, tough questions are being asked of managements as they continue the path towards reform.  What are the next steps to see real progress in areas such as increasing the numbers of independent board directors, and in the promotion of gender diversity? To what extent are cross-shareholdings and takeover defence measures being reassessed?  How important is it that investors continue to make their voice heard in driving forward change?

  • 10:00am
    Q&A
  • 10:10am
    Panel Discussion: Capitalising on change - Is now the opportune time to invest in Japanese equities?

    As Japan’s corporate governance reforms take hold, investor appetite is growing for this traditionally underinvested and undervalued market. Is now the right time to gain exposure and what are the best routes? As the power balance shifts between stakeholder and shareholder, do outcomes now rest on the extent to which investors demand better returns on their holdings? Which sectors and companies show the best potential in the coming year? 

  • 10:50am
    Q&A
  • 11:00am
    Closing remarks from the Chair

Who attends

The briefing is aimed at senior-level executives working as ETF issuers, investors or advisors who hold the following job titles:

CEOs
Heads of ETFs
Heads of Investment Strategy
Heads of Products / Product Development
Heads of Research
Heads of Distribution
Heads of Equity ETFs
Heads of ETF sales
Heads of International ETFs

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei are continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

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