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Tokyo exchange orders firms to appoint at least two outside directors

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Companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange must have at least two outside board members from June, the bourse's operator said, under new rules aimed at improving corporate governance and attracting foreign investors.

[TOKYO] Companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange must have at least two outside board members from June, the bourse's operator said, under new rules aimed at improving corporate governance and attracting foreign investors.

Japan Exchange Group Inc Chief Executive Atsushi Saito called the move a "cultural turning point" in a country where companies are widely criticised for prioritising employee welfare and business relationships over shareholder returns.

The announcement comes as the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to change corporate culture to attract double the amount of foreign direct investment by 2020. It also comes days after US investor Daniel Loeb criticised the allocation of capital at robot maker Fanuc Corp.

REUTERS