My Proposal to the Japanese Government (from Tim Blackman, father of Lucie Blackman)

Here in the UK, NGO's (Non Government Organisations) are definitely proving to be an effective way for the Government to lend cost-effective support to worthy Programmes that are just getting started, such as BDTI. In the form of Charitable Trusts, Community Interest Companies and the like, they actively fulfill roles that in the past have been expensive or impossible for government departments to fulfill. They attract private-sector operators and creative individuals who get the job done at a small fraction of the cost of a government department, – and with the right skills.

GlobalProxyWatch Names its “Stars of 2012”, BDTI’s Benes is One

[from the GPW Newsletter, which contains much more usefulinfo] – Each December GPW names 10 people around the world who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year. Here is the 2012‘GPW 10’:

Jamie Allen expanded the Asian Corporate Governance Association and built its influence with insightful reports and engagement.

Nick Benes advanced the notion of professional training for Japanese directors through the Board Director Training Institute of Japan.

2/20, BDTI Will Offer Next English “Director Boot Camp”

BDTI will hold its next English-language Director Boot Camp on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. This intensive program teaches participants the key legal and corporate governance knowledge they need to responsibly serve on, report to, or analyze boards of Japanese companies, both public and private. The course consists 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.

Dear Santa – from a minority shareholder in Brazil

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.