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Jan 23, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan firms have no plans to strengthen governance after Ghosn arrest: Reuters poll"Although accurate disclosure is very important, the question here may be more about Mr. Ghosn's incentives behind the fact." Investors have for decades taken an 'Asia ex-Japan' approach. Some say that's 'obsolete'"Because Japan is no more dominant in the region. Makes sense." New Japanese regulatory proposal could hit US CLOsU.S. CLO Market at Risk From Proposed Japanese Rule Change"The proposal is based on BIS revision announced in 2016. (https://www.bis.org/press/p160711.htm). Improving investors ability to select good assets might be more important than applying rules." BusinessCarlyle, Nomura plan joint bid for beer maker OrionJapan Tobacco ratchets up smokeless war with new products EconomyForeign tourists spent record ¥4.5 trillion in Japan in 2018

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Jan 16, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit“The demand for senior care is driving innovation and spawning startups.”World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan“In Tsukuba Science City.” Governance / Stewardship / FiduciaryChance to change the World Bank's governance EconomyHow Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy GPIFGPIF puts funds under an AI microscope

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Jan 09, 2019
byAkane Hashimoto

Carlos Ghosn To "Vigorously" Defend Himself In Japan Court, Says Son"Son is not Mr. Masayoshi Son, Carlos Ghosn's son."Ministry panel launches governance review of Japan Investment Corp. as whole board set to quit"Why METI cannot be an LP? Investment and creating a potential additional board seat for ex METI officials are different agendas. " BusinessSoftBank said to be investing $2 billion more in WeWorkJapanese Giant Mizuho Financial Group to Introduce Digital Currency for Cashless Payments EconomyTen Surprises for Japan in 2019 Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryStewardship Code : 239 institutional investors have signed up to the Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors as of December 14, 2018 

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Dec 26, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Policy (BOJ)"Diverse nuances..."Japan Finally Concedes Its Crazy Low Prices Can’t Be Beat Japan's central bank chief signals room to boost stimulus as economic risks riseBank of Japan keeps stimulus unchanged at last policy meeting of year Business"Expecting further discussions about the fairness of subsidiary IPO and appropriate valuation."After record Japan IPO, SoftBank Corp shares fall 14pc on debutSoftbank shares down as mobile unit makes Tokyo debutSoftBank’s Biggest Backers Balk at Planned $16 Billion Acquisition of WeWork Japan Inc heads abroad in $180bn deal rushJapan’s Post Holdings Buys 7% of Insurer Aflac Governance / Stewardship / FiduciaryNissan Alters Governance Code, Won't Rule Out Renault Stake Sale EconomyJapan exports slow to crawl as global growth, trade woes dim outlook 

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Dec 19, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Policy(BOJ)Japan's central bank to warn of rising growth risks, policy seen steady BusinessSoftBank writedown will cloud Son's way forwardJapan Post finally faces deep structural reforms MarketJapan’s new year faces a painful reckoning for markets GPIFJapan’s GPIF to raise alternative assets allocation to 3% in three years: Report

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Dec 12, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Mass Resignation at State-Backed Fund Confounds Japan’s Quest for Tech Unicorns"Well summarized article."Japan to require listed companies to disclose executive pay rules"Move to better disclosure and transparancy."Japan Revokes Lucrative Package for Fund Executives"I'd like to classify this as a  governance related issue." Recent NewsBusinessSoftBank May Be Milking Its Cash Cow DryDetails of the Term of Disposal Following the Listing of the Shares of SoftBank Corp. on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (PDF)SoftBank Sells All Shares for $23 Billion Telecom IPO EconomyJapan manufacturers' mood down, bodes ill for Bank of Japan survey: Reuters Tankan Policy(BOJ)BOJ's Kuroda dismisses chance of near-term rate hike Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryJapan’s Crusade for Corporate Overhaul Under Threat, Watchdog Says  

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Dec 05, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Japan's 'Show Me the Money' Corporate Governance: Q3 Weather Effect"This article describes the fact of Japan economy growth that are hidden by questionned governance."Japan's Line partners Mizuho, Tencent in fintech drive; shares jump"Let's prioritize how to build a long standing sharing economy, higher productivity than higher growth." EconomyJapan industrial production surges in October BusinessJapan Legal Update - Volume 42 | November 2018 Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryGhosn’s fall exposes poor governance at NissanAbe and Japan Inc facing stormy seas  

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Nov 28, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Governance/Stewardship/Fiduciary"Most articles focus on the arrest, but this case provides a lot of hints to consider better governance and the role of boards."Nissan, Olympus and fixing Japan Inc. governanceCarlos Ghosn said to deny Japanese accusations on payGhosn crisis at Nissan shows what’s wrong with AbenomicsKey players involved in auto icon’s Carlos Ghosn downfallNissan Board of Directors announces decisions >"The only official press release from Nissan" Japan PostJP Insurance seeing now as good time to add more risk EconomyThe challlenges of Japan's demography BusinessHow the lifelines of the economy feed and fuel Japan Policy(BOJ)BOJ keeps inflation, not bank pain, as its main policy priority

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Nov 21, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Bank of Japan should analyze economy from viewpoint of sustainability: ex-governor"Former Governor, Mr. Shirakawa, is actively reviewing his policies these days. Sign of change?"Japan's MUFG the leading bidder for DVB's aviation finance: sources"Substantial liquidation. Wonder whether MUFG is interested in financing or leasing."Japan's GPIF now able to hedge against risk in various currencies: president"Should consider how this can impact the FX rates."Japan to probe debt market’s big secret"Bringing in fair credit spread mechanism shall help broadning market participants."  Governance/Stewardship/FiduciaryNissan Blows Abe’s Third Arrow Off Course"Such an embarrasing situation. Function of boards needs to be asssessed more seriously. All investment firms should be reviewing their research focus. "Carlos Ghosn was planning Nissan-Renault merger before arrestCarlos Ghosn Felt Stars Deserved Big Pay. His Accusers Say He Took That Too Far.Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy declares restructuring complete Policy(BOJ)Japan risks repeating some old mistakes"Consumers would never spend when deposit rate is zero, life is extended to 100 years and pension not sufficient to support lifes."Japan's economy has a $5 trillion problem 

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Nov 14, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Activist funds jump 50% to hit record levels in Japan"Funds agitating for change at Japanese companies include global names such as Oasis Management, Third Point, Elliott Management and Argyle Street." All about ToshibaToshiba buys back ¥120.8 billion worth of its own shares"Toshiba paid ¥3,635, the closing price Monday, per share in off-hour trading before the market reopened.They should have had a chance to buyback at a lower price."UK nuclear power station plans scrapped as Toshiba pulls out"Toshiba said it would take a 18.8bn Japanese yen (£125m) hit from closing its NuGeneration subsidiary"Toshiba to take more than $800m loss to exit US LNG business BusinessSoftBank Targets $20 Billion IPO for Japanese Mobile UnitAQR Capital Management to Offer Investment Solutions and Services in Japan EconomyFinancial assets at households average ¥11.51 million 

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Nov 07, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Why Pressure in Japan Is Undercutting Shares of U.S. Real-Estate Companies"Market trend may be caused by distributors, not final investors."China, Japan sign MOU on cooperation of securities market"Could be an interesting collaboration."Goldman Sachs to launch online retail bank Marcus in Japan"Technology should open up services to small transactions." Recent NewsEconomyJapan-EU trade deal clears hurdle for ’19 startFirms cut profit outlook on worries about trade tensions Policy(BOJ)BOJ minutes show worry over side effects of easingJapan needs China's business and pacified US-China relationsExclusive: BOJ eyes tweaks to bond-buying program, but won't rush changes - sources BusinessBoom In Japanese M&A Deals

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Oct 31, 2018
byAkane Hashimoto

Why Pressure in Japan Is Undercutting Shares of U.S. Real-Estate Companies"Market trend may be caused by distributors, not final investors."China, Japan sign MOU on cooperation of securities market"Could be an interesting collaboration."Goldman Sachs to launch online retail bank Marcus in Japan"Technology should open up services to small transactions." Policy (BOJ)Japan needs China's business and pacified US-China relationsExclusive: BOJ eyes tweaks to bond-buying program, but won't rush changes - sources

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