Our Supporters

Our “sponsors” are persons or organizations that have donated (or pledged to donate) funds to BDTI in order to support its mission to improve corporate governance in Japan, the quality of decision-making by Japanese boards, and Japan’ economy and markets. In addition, many others have also supported BDTI in various other ways since our formation in 2009.  Most of these supporters are listed here.  If we have missed anyone, please let us know!  All of you deserve credit and thanks.

BDTI is extremely grateful for the generous financial support which has been extended by its “Special Sponsors”, each of whom has donated ¥300,000 or more – sometimes significantly more. “Sustaining Donors” are those sponsors who have donated more than 300,000 per year on average since they first donated to BDTI.

Sustaining Donors

Aberdeen Investment Management K. K.
Advisory Research, Inc.
Baillie Gifford & Co.
La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
Chubb Group 
Cornwall Capital
Cosmo Public Relations
Dalton Advisory K.K.
Fidelity International
Fidelity Investments
Ichigo Asset Management, Ltd.
Indus Capital Partners, LLC
Kathy Matsui
Macquarie Capital Securities (Japan) Limited
Masaki Gotoh Misaki Capital Inc. Partner
Misaki Capital Inc. Partner
New Horizon Capital Co., Ltd.
Prudential Holdings of Japan, Inc.
Russell Investments, Japan
Shearman & Sterling LLP
State Street Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.
Third Point, LLC
Regional Fund Manager (US$25 Bln AUM)
Institutional Investor (US$3 Bln AUM)
Nicholas Benes Representative Director, BDTI
Special Sponsors
(Donated more than 300,000 Yen at least once)
CCCJ The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan
CLSA (Credit Agricole Securities Asia B.V.)
Robert F. Grondine Former Partner Lawyer, White & Case L.L.P., Tokyo, Japan
Seishi Ikeda Partner, Baker & McKinzie GJBJ Tokyo Aoyama Aoki Koma Law Office
Sayoko Matsumoto Individual
Symphony Financial Partners
Anonymous Chairman, Asian Operations (Financial Institution)
Anonymous Fund Manager (Individual)
Anonymous Partner, Japanese Law Firm
Anonymous Teacher (Individual)
Anonymous Investment Advisory Firm
Anonymous Investment Advisory Firm


Supporters are persons or organizations which support BDTI and its mission in a variety of non-financial ways, ranging from the exchange of research and information; provision of services, networking and introductions to find donors; training program customers and other supporters; and other forms of cooperation.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
Codrington Corporate Governance Japan
Rikkyo Institute for Business Law Studies
Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE)
Sunrise Advisors Co., Ltd.
Kigen Corporation
Harmony Residence Inc.
Kenta Kumagai Attorney
Takehiro Nakagawa Attorney
Kazutaka Kuroda Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

Founding Sponsors

BDTI is also extremely grateful for the generous financial support which has been extended by the following “Founding Sponsors”. Thank you very much!

Allen  T. Atchley Representative Director/CEO, Premier Asset Management Company
Daniel Bernstein President and CEO, Bel Fuse Inc.
Vicki L. Beyer Executive Director, Accenture
Royanne K. Doi International Counsel, Prudential Holding Company
Helen Dulik Individual
Takaaki Eguchi Individual
Takayuki Fujii Individual, Manager of a manufacturing company in Japan
Kyoji Fukao Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University;  Faculty Fellow, RIETI
Makito Hamada Professor, Rikkyo Univ., Business Administration; Lecturer, Aoyama Gakuin; Chairman ACFE Japan
Koichiro Hayashi President, Institute of Information Security
Dai Kimura Individual
David A. Makman Law Offices of David Makman
Hajime Matsuura Individual
Koichiro Naganuma Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Asatsu-DK Inc.
Yuuichiro Nakajima Managing Partner at Crimson Phoenix K.K.
Kazuo Noda Chairman, Japan Research Institute
Barrett O’Neill Individual
Thierry Porte Operating Partner, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC
Akio Sashida Regular member, The CFA Society of Japan Inc.
Takaya Seki Managing Director, Corporate Practice Partners, Inc.; Lecturer, Meiji Univ., Graduate School of Global Business
Akihisa Shiozaki Attorney, Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematau
Tadao Suzuki Former Chairman of Mercian Corporation
Shinya Tsujimoto Individual
Masataka Ueda Individual
Bradford Walters Individual
K.K. Curtis Herron Corporate Training Firm
Glen S. Wood Global Financial Analyst, Author, Media Contributor

These are of course only the names of the donors which we are permitted to disclose at this time. (In fact, BDTI was supported by over 250 founding sponsors in total.) Therefore, we would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to those other parties who have made anonymous contributions not listed here.

Other Supporters

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