The Size and Composition of Corporate Boards in Japan (paper)

Abstract.We analyse the structure of corporate boards in Japan to determine whether they are matched to each firm’s specific needs. Consistent with US findings, our results show that board size is positivelyrelated to firm size
and firm complexity, and negatively related to monitoring costs. However, board independence appears to be unrelated to most firm characteristics. This suggests that Japanese boards are not optimally structured to carry
out their role of advising and monitoring the firm. By closing their doors to outsiders and choosing to rely on their internal managerial resources, Japanese firms could be missing an opportunity to enhance their decisionmaking

byHiroyuki Aman and Pascal Nguyen

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