Corporate Governance in Japan Inc. – It’s Not All Bad

By Isabella Steger, May 16th 2013, The Wall Street Journal

The history of shareholder activism in Japan might be littered with failures, but there are some signs, albeit small ones, that things could be changing.

An attempt by hedge fund Third Point LLC’s founder Dan Loeb to shake things up at Sony Corp.  is shining the spotlight once again on corporate governance in Japan. Long-time observers may remember past battles such as U.S.-based fund Steel Partners Holdings L.P SPLP versus Sapporo Holdings Ltd. and The Children’s Investment Fund versus Electric Power Development Co.  which didn’t end happily for the foreign funds, with Steel Partners withdrawing from the country. Continue reading…



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