Japan Is Still Attracting Activists

Japan Is Still Attracting Activists
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Levels of activism in Japan are just shy of last year’s record numbers as of June 18, according to data from Activist Insight Online, driven mostly by outside investors for the first time in at least six years.

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So far in 2018, 19 companies have been publicly subjected to activist demands, over half (11) of them by non-Japanese shareholders. By June 18 last year, only seven companies had been publicly subjected to demands by foreign investors.

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Number of Japan-headquartered companies publicly subjected to activist demands by activist HQ location, in the period January 1 - June 18 of each year.

Activism In Japan

Since 2013, exactly 50% of Japan-headquartered companies have been publicly subjected to activist demands by domestic activists only, with 46% receiving demands from foreign investors and 4% from both.

This year, the number of board-related demands has already matched last year's record high of 15 and the number of public demands made this year as of June 18 has increased  to 45, compared to 41 in the same period last year.

Activist demands by demand group at Japan-headquartered companies, in the period January 1 - June 18 of each year.

Activism In Japan

However, the number of Japanese companies where shareholders have requested board representation is still small by international standards, with just six facing such demands year-to-date.

Please note that all data referenced is as of 2013. For any questions about the data, or if you have a follow-up request, please contact Josh Black at jblack@activistinsight.com. Please note that bespoke data requests may take 24-48 hours depending on the amount of manual work required.

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Since 2012, Activist Insight (www.activistinsight.com) has provided its diverse range of clients with the most comprehensive information on activist investing worldwide. Regularly quoted in the financial press, Activist Insight is the trusted source for data in this evolving space. Activist Insight offers five industry-leading products: Activist Insight Online, Activist Insight Shorts, Activist Insight Governance, Activist Insight Vulnerability – a tool for identifying potential activist targets – and Activist Insight Monthly – the world's only magazine dedicated to activist investing.

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Financial news and data providers Activist Insight and Proxy Insight announced in October 2020 that they had merged to form Insightia, a leader in the field of public company information. Activist Insight was formed in 2012 and offers an extensive range of products including Activist Insight Online, Activist Insight Governance, Activist Insight Vulnerability, Activist Insight Shorts, Activist Insight Monthly magazine, and The Activist Insight Podcast. Proxy Insight has quickly become the world’s leading source of information on global shareholder voting, covering such hot topics as director and auditor elections, “say on pay” resolutions and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) proposals.
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