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Contesting "Corporate Value" Through Takeover Bids in Japan

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  • D. Hugh Whittaker

    (Auckland University of Auckland Business School)

  • Masaru Hayakawa

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Livedoor's attempted takeover of Nippon Broadcasting System in February 2005 marked a watershed in the history of mergers and acquisitions in Japan. The drama was played out in public, changing popular perceptions, influencing policy makers and sending managers scurrying to debate and erect legitimate defence measures in case they themselves should be targeted. Tensions on the investor relations interface were not subsequently reversed by Livedoor's equally dramatic demise. The article considers the rise of takeover bids in Japan, responses to it, and their significance for corporate control and governance, as well as for the "community firm". Copyright (c) 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation (c) 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • D. Hugh Whittaker & Masaru Hayakawa, 2007. "Contesting "Corporate Value" Through Takeover Bids in Japan," Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(1), pages 16-26, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:corgov:v:15:y:2007:i:1:p:16-26
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    1. Dore, Ronald, 2000. "Stock Market Capitalism: Welfare Capitalism: Japan and Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199240616.
    2. Learmount, Simon, 2002. "Corporate Governance: What Can Be Learned From Japan?," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199252916.
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    1. Kathryn Harrigan, 2014. "Comparing corporate governance practices and exit decisions between US and Japanese firms," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 18(4), pages 975-988, November.

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