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Corporate Japan shifts from stock options to actual stock

Focus on shareholders drives trend in executive compensation

The stock certificates of some Japanese companies before they went paperless in 2009.
The stock certificates of some Japanese companies before they went paperless in 2009.

TOKYO -- Japanese businesses increasingly favor restricted stock over stock options for senior managers, aiming to align incentives with share value over time.

Nomura Securities data shows 794 companies awarding, or planning to award, actual stock as part of executive compensation as of the end of May. This was up 70% on the year and for the first time exceeded the tally for stock options, which came to 600 companies.

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