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Japan companies giving earlier notice of annual meeting agendas

Foreign investors have been calling for more time to study key topics

More Japanese companies are publishing the agendas of their annual shareholders meetings online before mailing out their official invitation letters to investors.

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are increasingly releasing the agendas of their annual shareholders meetings online before sending out formal invitations by mail. The move is in response to growing calls from investors, mainly from overseas, who say they want more time to study the topics that will be discussed at the gatherings.

Typical items of discussion include financial results, dividends and executive appointments that require shareholder approval during the meeting. Japanese corporate law requires companies to send out the letter at least two weeks before the meetings, most of which are held in June.

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