Now Accepting Applications for Next English Language “Director Boot Camp” Training Program (June 23; sign up at bottom)

Following its successful first offering, BDTI will hold its next English-language Director Boot Camp on Saturday, June 23rd. Thisintensive programteaches attendeesthe keylegal and corporate governance knowledgethey need to responsibly serve on, report to, or analyze boards of Japanese companies, focusing most on issues that arise in public companies. (However, manysubjects are also relevant to Japanese subsidiaries of public companies, or even private companies.)

The course will consist of short lectures interspersed with ample time for interactive discussion and questions-and-answers about real-life situations that occur on boards, and how to handle them. The program will cover topics such as:

Introduction to corporate governance and the role of directors and the board

What is legally required of directors under the Japanese Company Law?

Legal and liability issues that directors should be aware of, and how to deal with them

Director duties and conflict-of-interest situations

The role of statutory auditors, and the audit process; the internal control system

The role of the board in strategy and performance measurement

Introduction to “best practices”, committees, succession planning, and risk management

Changing “corporate governance culture” in organizations

Date/Time: Saturday June 23, from 10:00-17:00 pm

Place: Offices of The Royal Bank of Scotland (Shin Marunouchi Center Bldg, near Tokyo Stn.) (Mor information will be sent later)

Charge: Yen 52,000 per person, including lunch, payable and non-refundable by/after June 18, 2012. Over-flow applications will be handled on a first-paid, first-served basis.

Instructors: (Others may be added.)

Nicholas Benes- Representative Director, The Board Director Training Institute of Japan; President and Representative Director, JTP Corporation, K.K.; Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Mr. Benes received his B.A. in political science from Stanford University, and a JD-MBA degree from UCLA, after which he worked at JP Morgan for 11 years. He is an inactive member of the bar in California and New York, and is certified as a securities salesman in London and Japan. Currently, he is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), where he also is Chair of the FDI Committee and the Growth Strategy Task Force. In the past, he served as Chair of the FDI Task Force of the ACCJ, and as a member of the Experts Committee of the Japan Investment Council, an advisory committee to the Japanese Cabinet on FDI policy. He has also served as an independent outside director at Alps Mapping, the listed company Cecile Ltd., and Livedoor Holdings (post-scandal). In 2010, he was a member of the Financial Service Agency’s Corporate Governance Liaison Committee, which had been formed to provide private sector input to the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Affairs Advisory Council regarding amendment of Japanese Company Law.

Yuri Morita- Full-time Statutory Auditor, Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE)

Mr. Morita was an AFS student, received his B.A. from the Department of Law at Tokyo University in 1972, and entered Fujitsu Ltd. in the same year. In 1991, he assumed the position of General Manager in charge of intellectual property assets at Fujitsu. He was hired by Benesse Corporation in 1994 to serve as General Manager and Head of its Legal Department. In 1995 Mr. Morita moved to Advantest Corporation, where over the past 17 years he has served as General Manager of the President’s Office, director of the board, senior executive officer, and full-time statutory auditor (the most recent past four years). He has experience in a wide range of management areas, including M&A transactions.

TO SIGN UP: Pleasefill out page 2 of the application form, andeither email, fax, or scan/send it to usat

The Board Director Training Institute (BDTI) is a "public interest" nonprofit in Japan dedicated to training about directorship, corporate governance, and related management techniques. It is certified by the Japanese government to conduct these activities as a regulated nonprofit. Read a summary about BDTI here, and see a menu of its services for both corporations and investors here.

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