Corporate governance reforms in Japan: hands-on insights as Board Director of a Japanese group

Corporate governance reforms are one of the key components of Abenomics, to improve economic growth in Japan

Corporate governance reforms in Japan: talk at the OAG House in Tokyo, Wednesday 20 September 2017, 18:30-20:00

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 18:30-20:00
Talk: Gerhard Fasol: „Corporate Governance Reformen in Japan: Erfahrungen als Aufsichtsratsdirektor einer japanischen Firmengruppe
Free of charge. No registration necessary. Everyone welcome.
Location: OAG Haus, Minato-ku Akasaka 7-5-56, 107-0052 Tokyo-to


The wealth and welfare of everyone living in Japan is based on the success of Japanese companies, how well companies are managed, and how managers are encouraged, supported and controlled.

Therefore corporate governance reforms are an important part of the “Abenomics” economic reform program. Many think that the corporate governance reforms of recent years have been the most successful part of Abenomics, and the former Chairman of the Tokyo Stock Exchange even said that these reforms happened much faster than he had thought.

Corporate governance mainly refers to the responsibilities of Board Directors who take part in the major decision making of every company, who supervise and support the executive management including the CEO/President of the company, and this make essential contributions to the success of companies.

Another aspect of corporate governance is the “stewardship code”, which refers to the influence of investors on company’s executive management.

Understanding decision making and the control of management, the way Japanese companies reach decisions and how this decision making is supervised, is essential knowledge for everyone who works to persuade Japanese corporations to take desired decisions, e.g. to achieve sales, partnerships, investments, or even Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), who invests in Japanese corporations. Employees should also understand how the companies they work for are run.

This talk will explain the major components and fundamentals of corporate governance and its reforms in Japan based on several years of practical hands-on experience on the Board of Directors and on the Supervisory & Audit Committee of a stock market listed Japanese corporation.

Speaker: Gerhard Fasol

Gerhard Fasol graduated with a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and Trinity College. He worked as research scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute Stuttgart on semiconductor and solid state physics research. He was tenured Faculty in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, and he was Research Fellow, then Teaching Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge. He was Manager of the Hitachi Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at Tokyo University, and is founder of the advisory firm Eurotechnology Japan. He is Board Director of GMO Cloud KK, and since April 2017 he is Visiting Professor at the University of Kyushu.

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