Regulatory changes in Japan could accelerate change on governance, capital efficiency and sustainability.

Issues of corporate governance, capital management and sustainability have been on the radar in Japan for the past decade, but soon the pace of change could accelerate. The difference is a revised Corporate Governance Code and the upcoming overhaul of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which aim to reinforce the role of sound governance and capital efficiency in enhancing shareholder value and are expanding their scope to issues such as diversity and climate change. In this white paper, we assess the potential implications, and explain why companies’ ability to adapt to the new Code could be crucial to their success moving forward.