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Japan Executive Team

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In March, the Bank of Japan made the seismic decision to raise interest rates for the first time in 17 years. The long-awaited shift to positive rates have excited some of the country’s leading chief executives, who spoke to Institutional Investor after scoring highly in II’s All-Japan Executive Team as voted for in a survey of sell- and buyside participants.

“The opportunity for Japanʼs economy to break out of the protracted stagnation of the so-called ‘thirty lost years’ has finally arrived,” said Hironori Kamezawa, chief executive of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, who ranked first place among the leaders of Japanese banks.

To determine the members of Institutional Investor’s 2024 All-Japan Executive Team, we surveyed buy-side analysts, money managers and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region, including those who cast and received votes in this year’s All-Japan Research Team surveys. Results reflect the opinions from 510 investors, portfolio managers and analysts from 227 firms, nominating a total of 488 companies.

We asked the buy- and sell-side voters to name the best chief executive officers, chief financial officers and investor relations professionals at the companies in their coverage universes. CEOs were rated on their credibility, leadership and quality of communication. CFOs were rated on their ability in capital allocation, financial stewardship and quality of communication. For the Investor Relations programs, companies were rated on a variety of attributes covering their service and communication, disclosure, and ESG.

Separate rankings – buy side and sell side, as well as combined – are available for CEO, CFO, IR Professional, IR Program, ESG and Company Board awards.

To earn the designation of Most Honored Company, a company must achieve a weighted score of at least 10 points for its published positions in CEO, CFO, IRO, IR Program, ESG, and Company Board categories; rank is determined by weighted score wherein each first-place position is worth three points; second place, two; and third place, one. When a tie exists in the weighted score, companies are ordered according to the number of ranked positions they receive in their industry sectors.

To be eligible for inclusion on the 2024 All-Japan Executive Team, a company must be headquartered or have operational or executive headquarters in the region. We keep confidential the identities of the survey respondents to ensure their continuing cooperation. Voters must meet eligibility requirements, and winners must achieve a minimum vote count.

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