About BDTI

 “Directorship” (役員力) skills are needed by every board member.
BDTI is the only certified public-interest non-profit in Japan
committed to building sound and profitable corporate
organizations by fostering the knowledge and awareness
that the age of globalization demands.


The Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI), a non-profit Japanese “public interest” organization certified by the government, was established in 2009 by experts and opinion leaders active in academic and business circles. BDTI’s mission is to increase trust between corporations and the public, and facilitate the safe, sustainable and ethical development of the Japanese economy and Japanese companies, by improving corporate governance and accelerating the spread of effective management methods.  We believe that director training is the key to doing these things while also enhancing corporate value.

Since BDTI’s establishment, we have been fortunate enough to receive the support and participation of senior leaders (and leading firms) around the world, all of whom share our purpose and sense of mission.

BDTI offers (a) intensive “director training” programs that combine corporate governance know-how with global management methods; (b) customized programs for enhancing director skills, or governance and compliance awareness; and  (c) seminars on specific topics, led by lecturers who are experts in each respective field.  BDTI has corporate and individual memberships, which allow members to receive 30% discounts on courses that are open to the public.

In order to spread knowledge about governance and related management methods widely, BDTI also provides low-cost E-Learning Courses providing core knowledge about the Company Law, Securities Law, Corporate Governance (Basics), and Corporate Governance (Practice)  which can be purchased on either on (a) a per-person, per-course basis or (b) an “Unlimited e-Learning” basis, for the entire company and its subsidiaries.  We believe this is one of the best ways that companies can cultivate a healthy “corporate governance culture”.

Companies (and investing institutions) that wish to take advantage of BDTI’s training programs and seminars  can become corporate participating members of BDTI.  Membership allows corporations (or investors’ portfolio companies)  to receive 30% discounts on courses that are open to the public.   BDTI also provides a  “BDTI Director Bank.

Another of BDTI’s activities is to provide – on this web site – News and Recent Postings on related topics, and a Discussion Forum (a blog open for use by registrants), These various resources provide updates and information about corporate governance, management techniques, and related subjects of interest. We hope that by facilitating the open exchange of information and opinions in this manner, we can promote constructive debate and dialogue on these topics. By all means, please make full use of these resources.a

BDTI is a “public interest organization” approved by the Japanese government, and is able to conduct its activities because of the generosity of our donors. If you share our sense of mission, and are interested to help support our activities, – whether by way of making a donation, becoming a “participating member”, or advertising on this web site, – please feel free to contact us at any time.

Contact: info@bdti.or.jp
Phone: 81-3-6432-2337
Fax: 81-3-6432-2338

For information in print about BDTI, download this Japanese Summary or this Detailed English Summary describing our activities and recent programs.

Foundation Name: The Board Director Training Institute of Japan
2-30-22 Nakamachi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
158-0091 Japan
Telephone: 81-3-6432-2337
Fax: 81-3-6432-2338
Representative Directors: Kenichi Osugi
Nicholas Benes
Date of Establishment: November 18, 2009