Glass Lewis Issues Proxy Voting “Policy Guidelines” for Japan,…in Japanese

Glass Lewis has issued is policy guidelines for 2016 for the Japanese market, in both English and Japanese.  It is a statement of the times that Glass Lewis made a Japanese translation this year, as they have not done that in previous years. Against the backdrop of recent reform, the policy guidelines may be seen as a bit meek for case of kansayaku-style companies, although some of the provisions clearly reflect the fact that a Corporate Governance Code is now in effect. 

PB Analytics – Japanese Boards, Composition at FYE

Excerpt:   As of the last full year end for the 3,678 companies in the PacificData database, there were 4,267 Independent Directors or 10.6% of the total number of Directors. The total number of female Directors was just 966 or 2.4% of the total – well below even the 9.5% ratio of female members of Japan’s House of Representatives.

Columbia Senior Professor Hugh Patrick’s Annual Essay on the Japanese Economy

Japan now again seems to be breaking out of the doldrums it has been in since the early 1990s. Even though the daily news makes one wonder, I retain my optimism and faith, based on some six decades of studying Japan and watching it grow and evolve. I have addressed this theme in previous essays, and despite the subsequent ups and downs, I believe it applies today.

ISS’ 2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation – Japan

To ensure its voting policies take into consideration the perspectives of the corporate governance community and the views of its institutional clients, ISS gathers broad input each year from institutional investors, issuers, and other market constituents through a variety of channels and mediums. Following the release last month of its 2016 policy survey results, ISS is now making available for public comment certain proposed voting policies for 2016.

BARRON’s: ” Japan’s Corporate Governance Woes”

…BUT THIS VOTING SEASON has turned into a big disappointment. Despite ISS’ shareholder-rights campaign, the presidents of Japan’s top 200 companies received median voting support of 96.6%—a 0.5 percentage point rise from 2014. Even the president of Toshiba (6502.Japan), which lost a third of its market value from an accounting scandal and write-downs, got a 94% approval rating. Some 76% and 91% of investors voted against dividend hikes and share buybacks, respectively.