Primed For Action: Japan’s New Market Structure

(Apr 22) Peter Tasker comments on the specifics of the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s new market structure and the potential impacts
  • Despite some watering down of initial plans, the new stock market structure does exert new discipline on listed companies.
  • Specifically, the criteria for listing and maintaining a listing are now unified, which was not the case before.
  • So companies will have to meet requirements on free float and liquidity on a continuous basis or face demotion.
  • This is the latest move in the steady accretive process of Japanese corporate governance. It has secured buy-in from all significant stakeholders.
  • The individual steps may seem small, but the change through time is extraordinary.