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Japan sees 50% surge in companies paying executives with shares

Over 800 corporations align fortunes of top brass with shareholders

For the first time in Japan, more companies have paid executives directly with shares than stock options.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- More Japanese companies are using stocks as part of executive pay, seeking to shift management's focus to strategies that will increased share prices over the long term.

As of the end of June, more than 800 companies, or about 20% of all listed companies, use the system that employs actual shares, according to Nomura Securities. The number has increased almost 50% in the last year.

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