Glass Lewis Issues Proxy Voting “Policy Guidelines” for Japan,…in Japanese


Glass Lewis has issued its policy guidelines for 2016 for the Japanese market, in both English and Japanese.  It is a statement of the times that Glass Lewis made a Japanese translation this year, as they have not done that in previous years. Against the backdrop of recent reform, the policy guidelines may be seen as a bit meek for case of kansayaku-style companies, although some of the provisions clearly reflect the fact that a Corporate Governance Code is now in effect.

In conducting our analysis, we review each company and proposal on a case-by-case basis, considering the company’s performance, industry, stock exchange, place of incorporation and other factors. The following guidelines are a detailed overview of the key policies we apply in each of these markets.

Japanese Guidelines

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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