Mission and Objectives 

The establishment of corporate governance positioned as a system for enabling companies to fairly and continually reap profits is essential for being trusted in global society. The Japan Corporate Governance Network (JCGN) was launched in January 2012 through the merger of the Japan Independent Directors Network which had worked toward the healthy expansion of independent director systems, the Japan Corporate Governance Forum which had proposed the form corporate governance should take in Japan, and the Japan Corporate Governance Research Institute which had measured corporate governance in Japan.

The launch of JCGN was due to recognition of the growing importance of corporate governance and the need to be more assertive and active in relation to corporate governance. As the only organization in Japan calling for corporate governance that is accepted globally, JCGN supports the association functions of independent directors and auditors that the Japan Independent Directors Network had with awareness and education on corporate governance, communication of information utilizing the knowledge of relevant personnel, and research functions.

As indicated by the organization's name, JCGN will contribute to raising the level of participants by networking personnel related to corporate governance. We believe that our mission is to provide infrastructure for considering the shape of Japanese corporate governance in global society by gathering together the individuals, companies and groups interested in corporate governance.

Former Three Organizations

Japan Independent Directors Network
Established: March 2003

Non-profit organization with the objective of contributing to the enhancement of corporate governance of Japanese companies through support of individual independent directors and companies appointing independent directors. The organization conducts activities to raise awareness about corporate governance, activities to provide education on governance of board members of listed companies, communication of information on independent directors, and support for appointing individuals as independent directors and implementing outside director systems in companies.

Japan Corporate Governance Forum
Established: Octorber 1994

The three main aspects of this non-profit organization were being interdisciplinary, collaboration between businesses and universities, and being international. While making effective policy proposals on corporate governance staring with "Corporate Governance Principles" issued in 1998, 2001 and 2007, the Japan Corporate Governance Forum hold annual meetings (symposiums) on a large scale once per year.

Japan Corporate Governance Research Institute
Established : April 2003

The JCGR is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to deepen mutual understanding of correct corporate governance that is appropriate for the era of globalization, and aims to gain an understanding of the overall image of corporate governance in Japan by establishing indicators of the current state of corporate governance in individual companies. Through its activities, it aims to contribute to corporate governance reforms in Japanese companies.


Name Title
 Shin Ushijima
Ushijima & Partners, Attorneys-at-Law
    Akiyoshi Ooba Chairman,  Japan investment advisers association
    Toshio Kinoshita President, Global Professional Partners
   Masumi Shiraishi Professor, Kansai University
   Shigeharu Suzuki Chairman and CEO, Japan Securities Dealers Association
 Adviser, Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
 Yoshiko Takayama Managing Director, J-Eurus IR
 Takehiko Nakao  Chairman of the Institute, Mizuho Research & Technologies, Ltd.
   Toru Nagashima Senior Adviser, TEIJIN
   Takayuki Hashimoto  Senior Adviser, IBM Japan
   Naoki Hayashi  Senior Adviser, Aeon
 Former Chairman of the board
   Haruo Funahashi President, Sirius Institute
   Kazuo Matsunaga Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
Former Vice-Minister for Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Toshiaki Yamaguchi Attorneys-at-Law


Auditor Name Tile
Kotaro Ootsuka Attorneys-at-Law

Managing Officer

Operating Officer Name Tile
Masashi Oba Senior Managing Officer, Japan Corporate Governance Network
Former Director, Executive Vice President(CFO), Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
Former President(CEO), Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd.
  Seiichi Tominaga   Managing Officer Research Fellow, Japan Corporate Governance Network