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Corporate inertia stops Japan from moving annual meetings online

Companies should take advantage of tech to mitigate coronavirus risk

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Shareholders enter a conference hall to attend Toyota's annual general meeting in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, on June 11: companies want to have a direct dialogue with the shareholders. (Photo by Koji Uema)

Shigeru Asaba is a professor of strategy at Waseda Business School.

In June every year, there is a great rush of Japanese companies holding their annual general meetings, or AGMs, of shareholders where they vote on corporate proposals like executive pay.

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