Suzuki Kenji
   Department   Undergraduate School  , School of Global Japanese Studies
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2000/12
Type Academic Journal
Title Companies' Use of Web Information in English: An Analysis for International Investors
Contribution Type Sole-authored
Journal Journal of Asian Business
Volume, Issue, Pages 16(4),pp.57-70
Details The dissolution of traditional cross-stockholdings and the growth of crossborder economic transactions have made Japanese companies more concerned about their relationship with foreign investors. The majority of foreign securities investments come from countries whose official language is English, and many Japanese companies are now beginning to provide corporate information in English on the web. While many companies recognize such a necessity, and appreciate the possible financial opportunities, others are reluctant to use English. This study examines what types of companies use English more on the web, and why. My conclusion is that larger sized companies with a higher degree of internationalization, a higher share of international investors and better financial results are more likely to provide their corporate information in English on the web. According to my e-mail survey, many of the companies who provide their web sites in English seemed to be satisfied with their effort. However, the survey also reveals a number of difficulties that discourage some companies from conducting investor relations using English.