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Japan to face dearth of outside directors in 2021: survey

New rules requiring more independent board members leads to squeeze

Japan will face a serious shortage of outside corporate board directors when new rules requiring a higher share of outsiders at listed companies take effect next year. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japanese companies will face a shortfall of about 1,000 outside directors next year, when the Financial Services Agency and the Tokyo Stock Exchange revise the country's corporate governance code, according to a Nikkei survey.

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