- Franz Waldenberger Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo
- SJCC Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
- JETRO Switzerland
- JCG Japan Club of Geneva
Japan’s system of corporate governance – bright and dark sides
Japan’s system of corporate governance has since many years been criticized by foreign investors as being insider controlled, lacking diversity and profit orientation. Such criticism led to ongoing reforms and the Abe administrations call for “growth oriented” governance, which was accompanied by the introduction of the Japanese Governance and Stewardship Codes.
In his presentation, Professor Franz Waldenberger has shown that Japan’s system of corporate governance has also positive implications, as exemplified by the large number of listed companies and the modest compensation of Japanese CEOs. He further argues that the positive and the negative aspects are the outcome of the same structural characteristic of the system, namely the prevalence of in-house management careers. At the end of his talk, he also discussed what this implies for the possible evolution of Japanese corporate governance and the international competitiveness of Japanese industry.
Professor Franz Waldenberger is the Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. He is well known to a wider audience in Switzerland through his regular guest commentaries in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). Most recently, he commented in the NZZ on a study on job satisfaction, where Japan did not score very well.