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Japanese Corporate Law and Governance
Last Updated Date:   14 June 2021


4 Credits,  Semester 1

Course Description:
Japanese corporate law and governance has been in a period of significant transition since the beginning of the 21st Century. This course provides an in-depth analysis of Japanese corporate law and governance, focusing on how the characteristics of the Japanese corporate governance system, which once supported Japan's economic growth (e.g., insider-dominated boards, the lifetime employment system, cross-shareholdings, and the main bank system), are now facing challenges and changes. This course will provide a window into a fascinating period of adaptation and reform of the corporate law and governance system in the world’s third largest economy. Other important topics, such as shareholder litigation and minority shareholder protection, will be also covered. As an analytical framework, this course takes a comparative and functional approach, focusing on the differences between Japan, the United States (especially Delaware), and Singapore. As such, it should appeal both to students who are interested in Japanese corporate law and, more generally, in comparative corporate law and governance.
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Course Convenor: Visiting Prof Gen Goto

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4172 / LL5172 / LL6172 / LLJ5172

Contact Hours: 9 session over 3 weeks: Three 3hr weekly seminar

Workload: Intensive: Wk 4 to 6; Dates: 30 Aug - *17 Sep 2021 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm] [Make-up seminar for Fri, 17 Sep will be held on Sat, 18 Sep (SGT 1-4pm)]

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20%; 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 80% [Release: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (3pm); Due: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 (9pm)]

Preclusions: Nil

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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