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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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    Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-5.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 1998
    Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:98cf05
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