Conference: Corporate Governance Models and Practices in Japan and East Asia

Corporate Governance Models and Practices in Japan and East Asia

January 12, 2013, Waseda University, Global COE Program – This symposium will examine Japanese corporate governance, both theory and practice, in relation to corporate governance systems in other East Asian countries.

After touching on historical connections, the main focus will be on current similarities and differences: (i) in basic areas such as the goals of corporate governance and its reform and, (ii) on specific issues such as the functioning of the board of directors and the role of independent directors.

In addition, it will include a discussion of the extent to which it may be necessary in the future to harmonize corporate governance systems in East Asia to accommodate increasing regional trade and investment.

The first panel, composed of leading mid-career experts on corporate governance from all of the main countries in East Asia, will engage in a panel discussion on these topics. The second panel, composed of well-known scholars and practitioners, will provide additional comments on the topics under discussion from a variety of perspectives.

10:00-10:15Welcome, Professor Tatsuo Uemura, Chair Global COE Program

10:15-11:45Part I Roundtable Discussion on Japanese Corporate Governance Model and East Asia

PanelistsModerator: Bruce Aronson
Joongi KIM, Law School, Yonsei University, Korea (J.D. Georgetown University)
Chien Chung LIN, Institute of Technology Law, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (S.J.D. University of Pennsylvania)
Wei SHEN, KoGuan Law School Shanghai Jiao Tong University (LLM University of Michigan, LLM Cambridge University, SJD London School of Economics and Political Science)
Souichirou KOZUKA, Faculty of Law, Gakushuin University, Tokyo (PhD University of Tokyo)

11:45-12:00Question and Answer Session

12:00-13:00Lunch Break

13:00-14:30Part II The Significance of the Japanese Corporate Governance Model and East Asia from Various Perspectives

Wataru Tanaka, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
Manabu Matsunaka, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University
Eriko Hayashi, Partner & Chief Legal Representative Shanghai Office, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
Mitsuo Matsushita, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo; Counsel, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

14:30-14:50Question and Answer Session

14:50-15:00Closing Remarks


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