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Japan Inc. faces record investor proposals as activism takes hold

Corporate governance and investor rewards are the main concerns

Investors have submitted proposals to a growing number of Japanese companies as the season for shareholders meetings kicks off this month.

TOKYO -- Investors are demanding more action on corporate governance and stock buybacks from Japanese businesses, with a record 54 companies receiving shareholder proposals ahead of annual meetings this year.

The figure marks an increase of 12 companies from all of last year, according to data compiled by IR Japan, which surveyed corporations with March book-closings. The number, which is a tally as of Friday, could rise further.

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