Methodology

To determine the members of Institutional Investor’s 2020 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. Results reflect the opinions from almost 350 investors, portfolio managers and analysts from 189 firms, nominating a total of 490 companies.

We asked the buy- and sell-side voters to name the best chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and investor relations professionals at the companies in their coverage universes. CEOs were rated on their credibility, leadership, and quality of communication. CFOs were rated on their ability in capital allocation, financial stewardship and quality of communication. For the Investor Relations programs, companies were rated on a variety of attributes covering their service and communication, disclosure, and ESG.

Separate rankings – buy side and sell side, as well as combined – are available for CEO, CFO, IR Professional, and IR Program awards.

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 inclusion on the 2020 All-Japan Executive Team, a company must be headquartered 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.