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Financial Fragility in Japan: A Governance Issue

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  • Akiyoshi Horiuchi

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.)

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Since the beginning of the 1990s, Japan has been suffering from the serious problem of non-performing loans in the banking sector. The government have struggled with this problem for longer than half a decade without remarkable success. This paper tries to gi e an answer to the question why Japan has suffered from so serious bank crisis from the perspective of corporate governance. Needless to say, the bank is a corporation managers of which must be monitored and disciplined by some means in order to keep their managerial efficiency. However, this paper stresses the bank management has not effectively been controlled. The deficiency of governance in bank management led to the current bank crisis. In particular, the lack of effective governance in bank management could account for the delayed responses of banks to the crisis. This is the conclusion of this paper.

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  • Akiyoshi Horiuchi, 1998. "Financial Fragility in Japan: A Governance Issue," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-5, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
  • Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:98cf05
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    1. Milhaupt, Curtis-J, 1999. "Japan's Experience with Deposit Insurance and Failing Banks: Implications for Financial Regulatory Design?," Monetary and Economic Studies, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan, vol. 17(2), pages 21-46, August.
    2. Joe Peek & Eric S. Rosengren, 2002. "Japanese Banking Problems: Implications for Southeast Asia," Central Banking, Analysis, and Economic Policies Book Series,in: Leonardo Hernández & Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel & Norman Loayza (Series Editor) & Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel (Se (ed.), Banking, Financial Integration, and International Crises, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 10, pages 303-332 Central Bank of Chile.

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