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Aug 07, 2023

ESG and shareholder targeting: Japanese IR needs to raise its game

IROs urged to catch up on corporate finance and global market trends
Japanese IROs face many challenges driven by a rise in investors’ focus on ESG-related disclosures and a lack of understanding of corporate finance best practices. ‘I think IROs [in Japan] should study corporate finance more – it’s the basis to everything,’ says Yoshiko Sato, executive managing director at the Japan Investor Relations Association (JIRA). ‘If IROs do not understand the concept of corporate finance, they cannot communicate effectively.’ Among the roughly 3,800 listed

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