Managers Cautious as Japanese Firms Revamp Governance

Yoko Sakai, Harding Loevner’s director of research and Japan analyst, discusses recent initiatives to improve Japanese corporate governance. She highlights the dangers of tokenism when adding diversity to boards, as well as the risk of overextension of directors who sit on multiple boards.


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The portfolios invest in foreign securities, which involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. They also invest in emerging markets, which involve unique risks, such as exposure to economies less diverse and mature than the US or other more established foreign markets. The portfolios may invest in smaller companies which involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. Economic and political instability may cause larger price changes in emerging markets securities than other foreign securities.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing involves risk. There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will meet its objective.