The Ownership of Japanese Corporations in the 20th Century

80 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2014

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Julian R. Franks

London Business School - Institute of Finance and Accounting; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Colin Mayer

University of Oxford - Said Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Hideaki Miyajima

Waseda University - Graduate School of Commerce; Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)

Date Written: February 17, 2014

Abstract

Twentieth century Japan provides a remarkable laboratory for examining how an externally imposed institutional and regulatory intervention affects the ownership of corporations. In the first half of the century, Japan had weak legal protection but strong institutional arrangements. The institutions were dismantled after the war and replaced by a strong form of legal protection. This inversion resulted in a switch from Japan being a country in which equity markets flourished and ownership was dispersed in the first half of the century to one in which banks and companies dominated with interlocking shareholdings in the second half of the century.

Keywords: Japan, corporate ownership, insider system, trust, investor protection

JEL Classification: G32, K22

Suggested Citation

Franks, Julian R. and Mayer, Colin and Miyajima, Hideaki, The Ownership of Japanese Corporations in the 20th Century (February 17, 2014). European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 410/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2397142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2397142

Julian R. Franks

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