What Types of Company Have Female and Foreign Directors?

Author Name MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice Chairman & Vice President, RIETI)
Creation Date/NO. June 2014 14-E-032
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This paper analyzes the determinants of the presence and the number of female and foreign directors among Japanese companies. First, listed and long-established companies, subsidiaries, and unionized companies tend not to have female directors. On the other hand, owner-managed companies are likely to have female directors and chief executive officers (CEOs). Company size and foreign shareholdings do not have significant relationships with the presence of female directors. Second, while some past studies in the United States and European countries find evidence of "tokenism," whereby female-led companies do not appoint additional females as directors, we do not find such evidence among Japanese companies. Third, while foreign-owned companies and companies engaged in overseas activities tend to have foreign directors, other company characteristics, such as size and listing status, do not have systematic relationships with the presence of foreign directors.

This is the English version of the Japanese Discussion Paper (14-J-025) with some additional information and changes.

Published: Masayuki Morikawa, 2016. "What types of companies have female directors? Evidence from Japan," Japan and the World Economy, Vol. 37-38, pp. 1-7