TOKYO — Institutional investors are changing. Now, they not only buy and sell stocks but also rack their brains on behalf of the companies they invest in. This has raised hopes for a virtuous cycle of shareholders playing a role in fostering companies, capital markets being revitalized and households also gaining benefits.

On July 9, Kenji Iwamoto, an executive at Governance for Owners Japan, visited the head office of snack maker Calbee and held talks with about 20 officials handling finance, management planning and other matters. The discussions focused on ways to boost corporate value. Governance for Owners Japan, based in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, provides engagement and investment advisory services in partnership with Tokio Marine Asset Management.

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