April 4th English “Director Boot Camp” – Now Taking Applications!

This one-dayintensive 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. The course is usually good fun for everybody, since we all learn from each others' experiences, as well as from BDTI. The program will cover topics such as:

Intro tocorporate governance;the role of directors and the board
What is legally required of directors under theCompany Law?
Legal and liability issues directors, and how to handle them
Director duties and conflict-of-interest situations
Setting the tone at the top
The role of statutory auditors, internal controls, and the audit process
Thefunction of the company secretary in well-run boards
The role of the board in strategy and performance measurement
“Best practices”, committees, succession planning, and risk management
Changing “corporate governance culture” in organizations

Date/Time: Friday, April4th, 2014, from 9:30-17:00 pm

Place:The offices of Cosmo PR, which is located on the 7th floor of the Azabu Kaisei Building (1-8-10 Azabudai Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041 Japan). This building is directly across from the Russian Embassy and the Tokyo American Club, in Kamiyacho. Here is themap:


Charge: Yen 55,000 per person, including lunch. Over-flow applications will be handled on a first-paid, first-served basis.

Signup/Registration: http://bdti.or.jp/english/registration


Nicholas Benes-Representative Director, The Board Director Training Institute of Japan; President and Representative Director, JTP Corporation, K.K.; Former Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Chair, Growth Strategy Task Force, ACCJ;Adjunct Professor, International University of Japan (MBA course); Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University

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. He was twice-elected Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and long-time Chair of its FDI Committee; and presently chairs the Growth Strategy Task Force. In the past, he was active for many years as a member of the Experts Committee of the Japan Investment Council, an advisory committee to the Japanese Cabinet on FDI policy. He has served as an independent outside director at Alps Mapping, the listed company Cecile Ltd., and Livedoor Holdings (post-scandal). In total he has eight years of experience as a director of various Japanese corporations. 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.

If you would like futher details, please feel free to contact usat: info@bdti.or.jp.

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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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