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Corporate Governance Main Focus of Mitsui Life Symposium

11/30/2005 --

Scholars from across the world meet in Tokyo to discuss best practices.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Mitsui Life Financial Research Center at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan held its 11th annual Mitsui Life Symposium, "Corporate Governance and Sustainable Performance," on Oct. 28 in Keidanren Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

The half-day symposium, co-sponsored by the Japan Corporate Governance Research Institute, provided a forum for international scholars to discuss what constitutes good corporate practices.

This year's keynote speakers included Kakutaro Kitashiro, chairman of IBM Japan and Keizai Doyukai, and Thierry Porte, president and CEO of Shinsei Bank.

A panel discussion addressed the strengths and weaknesses of varying forms of corporate governance, how investors and shareholders are protected and rewarded, what encourages governance improvements and how corporate governance practices vary across countries.

The goal of the Mitsui Life Financial Research Center is to encourage and support academic research in the financial markets of Pacific-Basin countries, with a particular focus on Asia and the United States. The annual symposium addresses current issues in finance.

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