BESPOKE SOLUTIONS FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTORS IN JAPAN SINCE 2007

We draw on our accumulated knowledge and expertise in corporate governance in Japan to deliver tailored solutions to clients.

Management Team

Toshi Oguchi

Representative Director of Governance for Owners Japan KK

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Yoshi Maeda

Director of Responsible Investment

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Mihoko Yoshida

Head of Responsible Investment

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Client Specific Solutions

Engagement services

We engage with the boards and management of clients’ portfolio companies on issues that enhance shareholder value including ESG matters.

 

  • We agree clear, focused engagement objectives with our clients
  • We seek timely, directed interaction with appropriate decision makers and influencers
  • We provide comprehensive follow-ups after each meeting
  • We carry our regular review calls or meetings with our clients to monitor progress
  • We follow up with correspondence (in Japanese) to companies and clients (in English)
  • We arrange company meetings and other logistics services to optimise the time spent by our clients  in Japan

“Intelligent” online voting and voting follow up

We review client’s existing Japan corporate governance and voting policy in-depth.

 

  • We vote based on the client’s voting policy with guidance and suggestions based on our  knowledge of Japan
  • We   follow up  (often through direct correspondence and/or meeting) with investee companies where we see governance concerns or where votes were cast against
  • We arrange company meetings and other logistics services to optimise the time spent by our clients  in Japan

Event driven engagement and Conflicts of interest

  • We provide one off advice and implementation when a portfolio company is involved in corporate and governance events that affect shareholder value and a client wishes to address those issues but may be unable to.
  • We provide voting advice when a fund manager has a conflict.

Collaborative Engagement

The Japan Engagement Consortium

The Japan Consortium has currently five clients.

Together with these clients, GO identifies a number of companies not attracting the correct value in the market.  GO then engages with these companies to improve the business which ultimately leads to an increase in market value.  As these companies are owned by our clients, their portfolio will benefit from the share price appreciation.

GES Japanese Stewardship Engagement

This is a service offered in partnership with GES (www.gesinternational.com).   It is based on the same principles as the Japan Consortium except that it covers a pre-determined set of large cap companies.

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Compliance With Japan’s Stewardship Code and the PRI

PRI Reporting Requirements

We design and implement solutions that allow clients to commit to the six principles of PRI:

 

  1. Incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  2. Be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  3. Seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by investee companies
  4. Promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
  5. Work together to enhance effectiveness in implementing PRI Principles.
  6. Report on activities and progress towards implementing PRI Principles.

Japanese Stewardship Code Requirements

We design and implement solutions that allow clients to support the principles for responsible institutional investors under Japan’s Stewardship Code.

Responsible Investment Training

We provide practical training on understanding, implementing and integrating responsible investment for fund managers.

Our courses are run by fund managers for fund managers.  The emphasis is on practical examples and case studies.