The development of the group accounts disclosure system in Japan

Author: Kawamoto, Jun

Source: Accounting, Business & Financial History, Volume 11, Number 3, 1 November 2001 , pp. 331-348(18)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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The Japanese disclosure system of consolidated statements was introduced in 1977 and extensively revised in 1997. The role of the bureaucracy has been significant in these developments and seems to be part of Japan's closed culture. However, other explanations could also be applied. In particular, although Japanese firms opposed such disclosures on the basis of preparation costs, the Japanese government had to modernize the disclosure system, including consolidation, in order to develop the securities market regardless of an individual company's interests.
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