BDTI’s January 25th English Director Boot Camp was a great success, with active participation by a diverse group of Japanese and European persons! Participants from various companies heard lectures about corporate governance and related topics by Nicholas Benes and Andrew Silberman of AMT, and exchanged experiences and opinions at a spacious, comfortable room kindly donated […]
Japan’s Antimonopoly Act (the AMA) was recently amended so as to adopt a wider and deeper scope for the surcharge system, a leniency program, and the authority to investigate criminal cases as measures to strengthen enforcement.
At the same time, the TPP (which has been largely agreed upon) includes a provision which introduces a so-called “commitment” program in which corporations voluntarily address problems following agreements with the “national competition authority”. (This is the terminology used in the TPP.) Discussion about how to implement this feature of the TPP is now underway in Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (the JFTC). Moreover, the JFTC has shown showed interest in commencing discussions this year concerning a discretionary surcharge system. As if that was not enough, it seems that the AMA will soon be substantially amended again. Japan’s “national competition authority” is changing its views, and discussions within it are being influenced by enforcement practices in foreign countries.
BDTI’s December 8th English Director Boot Camp was a great success, with
active participation by a diverse group of European, American、and Asian persons! Everyone in the room benefited from the perspectives and experience of this fine group.
BDTI's August 27thEnglish Director Boot Camp was a great success, with active participation by a diverse group of Europeans, Americans, British, Japanese, and even a New Zealander! Everyone in the room benefited greatly from the perspectives and experienceof this excellent group.
Japan’s first corporate-governance code come into effect Monday, less than a year after it was first proposed as part of the Abe administration’s 2014 growth strategy. Most of the first “comply or explain” statements will be filed by December.
Thanks to the leadership in the LDP, we wereso successful in suggesting a large number of new practices to the FSA that were in fact included in the Japan's Corporate Governance Code, that I got worried that more explanation is needed.
Excerpt: … Meno’s comments echo those of Nicholas Benes, head of the Tokyo-based Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI), who has called for increased director training in corporate governance to ensure a “virtuous cycle” that accelerates reform.
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BDTI’s Representative Director Nicholas Benes is quoted in his article about Sharp in the Financial Times this morning. Excerpts:
Sharp, a century old stalwart of corporate Japan, has unveiled an annual loss of $1.9bn and warned of “material uncertainty” about its ability to stay in business, less than three years after facing a similar crisis of survival.