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It is hard for investors to get HR details from companies, but they may want more in the future to gauge the impact of employee engagement on corporate value.

More Japanese companies reap benefits of human capital investment

Data shows link between HR spending and corporate performance

YUTA KOGA and TOMOHIRO NOGUCHI, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Corporate investment in human capital, such as personnel development, is drawing the attention of investors who believe that a company's future depends on the performance of its most important asset: employees.

While market players have begun to scrutinize corporate policy on employee training and development, it is hard to glean human resources data from financial statements. A recent analysis of other data, however, has found that Japanese companies that emphasize career advancement and skills development of young employees have higher stock prices and earnings.

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