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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter examines the issue of when laws do and do not converge in the field of corporate governance, with particular emphasis on the cost of enforcement and the role of enforcement in international convergence. Focusing on Western versus Asian laws on corporate governance, it considers when, how, and why legal rules change and whether transplantation of legal rules from Western countries has been successful. It also explores the relationship between enforcement and substantive legal rules, mainly by comparing laws in Japan and the United States. Finally, it discusses three areas relating to corporate governance: the regulation of insider trading, financial disclosure and accounting rules, and corporate law rules on governance.

Keywords: corporate governance, enforcement, legal rules, Japan, United States, regulation, insider trading, financial disclosure, accounting, corporate law

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