To determine the members of Institutional Investor’s 2019 All-Japan Executive Team, we surveyed buy-side analysts, money managers, and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region, including those who cast and received votes in this year’s All-Japan Research Team surveys. 

We asked the buy side to name the best chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and investor relations professionals at the companies in their coverage universes. Sell-side equity analysts were asked to name top investor relations professionals. Both the buy and sell side were asked to identify companies that excel in investor relations attributes including: senior management access; IR team that is well informed and empowered to speak authoritatively; timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure; quality of meetings; quick and thorough response to requests; quality of corporate documents; commitment to corporate governance; and insightful and useful reports on ESG/SRI metrics. Responses to these questions are aggregated to produce an overall rank for each company. 

Separate rankings — buy side, sell side, and combined — are available for the IR Program and IR Professional awards. Buy-side rankings are available for the awards for CEO and CFO.
To earn the designation of Most Honored Company, a company must achieve two or more top-three appearances in the buy-side and sell-side rankings results, with a minimum score of four points. Rank is determined by weighted score wherein each first-place position is worth three points; second place, two; and third place, one. When a tie exists in the weighted score, companies are ordered according to the number of ranked positions they receive in their industry sectors. 
To be eligible for the 2019 All-Japan Executive Team, a company must be headquartered in or have operational or executive headquarters in the region. We keep confidential the identities of the survey respondents to ensure their continuing cooperation. Voters must meet eligibility requirements, and winners must achieve a minimum vote count.