Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets
27 April 2011

Japan: Change In A Time Of Crisis

They say that crisis often provides the inspiration for great change. If true, then Japan should be on the verge of a great renaissance as a consequence of enduring more than its share of crises in the past 6 weeks alone. A revival, should it come, is more likely to come as a result of significant changes the nation is planning for its corporate culture.

In the video below — shot in late March — Yasuhiro Oshima, CFA, considers both the recent natural crises as well as the important changes that have been slowly altering Japanese business. This wide-ranging discussion begins with Yasu’s perception of how the natural and nuclear disasters will affect Japanese financial markets. He then gives his perspective on past changes and those that are coming to Japan’s system of corporate governance. The video concludes with a discussion of structural and regulatory change occurring within Japan’s equity and derivatives markets.

Oshima is a managing director with Barclays Capital Japan in Tokyo. He also serves as chair of the CFA Institute Capital Markets Policy Council, and is co-chair of the Council’s Swaps Subcommittee.

About the Author(s)
Jim Allen, CFA

Jim Allen, CFA, is head of Americas capital markets policy at CFA Institute. The capital markets group develops and promotes capital markets positions, policies, and standards.

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