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Shareholder Activists Take on Corporate Japan

Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Shareholder Activists Take on Corporate Japan

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CJEB welcomes you to a lunchtime "zadankai" seminar:


Shareholder Activists Take on Corporate Japan


Benjamin Adams
General Manager, NY Branch, IR Japan, Inc. 

Marc Goldstein
Head of U.S. Research, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

 Moderated by:

Alicia Ogawa
Director, Project on Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship,
Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

 What you’ll learn:

  • New codes of conduct introduced in Japan demand that investors hold managers accountable to shareholders
  • How some of the biggest global activist funds are shaking up traditional Japanese business practices

  • The role of advisory firms in shaping the interaction between investors and companies


Benjamin Adams is the head of IR Japan’s NY Office and oversees the international operations of the firm. Adams oversees the NY team that is responsible for shareholder identification as well as research related to proxy and governance in overseas markets. The team arranges much of the engagement that takes place between Japanese listed companies and overseas investors in Japan and also often travels with clients to visit investors. Adams also has extensive experience in helping Japanese corporations communicate with their shareholders in special situations such as activist campaigns, proxy fights and follow ups following scandals. 

Previously, Adams was responsible for the overseas research portion of numerous projects undertaken by IR Japan, Inc. on behalf of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry for whom he provided input from a wide network of overseas public pension funds and institutional investors regarding the agenda of changes they wanted to see in Japan.

Adams is often the road to make presentations on recent governance trends to investors outside of Japan as well as arranging and serving as moderator or panelist at events featuring overseas institutional investors in order to brief listed companies inside of Japan on recent events and trends.

Adams received a dual degree in Economics and Business from Sophia University and has a degree in Japanese. Following his graduation from Sophia, Adams was recruited by and spent 14 years at Meiji Life (the Mitsubishi Group’s life insurance company) as one of the first overseas nationals to be hired under the “lifetime employee” employment system. 

Marc Goldstein is the Head of U.S. Research at ISS, overseeing a team responsible for ISS’ benchmark research and vote recommendations on U.S companies. He previously led the team responsible for proxy research on US energy and industrial sector companies, and was responsible for the ISS policy development process, coordinating the activities of the ISS Policy Board and policy interpretation group. Prior to that, he coordinated engagement between ISS research analysts and external constituents such as corporate issuers, activist shareholders, and business organizations. He also served as head of Japanese research for 11 years, and helped open the ISS office in Tokyo. He has given presentations on US and Asian corporate governance topics at seminars and conferences in the US, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.

Mr. Goldstein earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, his M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

  Lunch will be served. Advance registration is required. 

General Contact: Emiko Mizumura, 

 Please kindly note the following:

  • Registration will begin at 12:00 pm. All guests must be seated by 12:30 pm. 
  • Please arrive early as seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration does not guarantee your admission. 
  • Your presence at this event indicates your willingness to appear in any photos or videos produced by Columbia and by third parties. If this is an issue, please let us know. Thank you.
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Room 303, Uris Hall, Columbia Business School
3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10227

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Established at Columbia Business School in 1986 under the direction of Professor Hugh Patrick, the Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) promotes knowledge and understanding of Japanese business and economics in an international context. The Center is a research organization widely recognized for its international programs, which provide prominent speakers from the public and private sectors a forum for collaboration and reflection on Japan, the United States and the global economy. For more information, go to

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