The KADOKAWA Group advocates Global Media Mix with Technology as its fundamental strategy that combines the stable creation of intellectual property (IP) consisting of a variety of portfolio content such as books, live-action films, animation, games, and User Generated Content (UGC), as well as the rollout of this IP on a global scale.
We have been working to strengthen our management base and revenue base by strategically advancing digital transformation (using data and digital technology to innovate products, services, and business models based on customer needs and social needs, as well as business operations and corporate culture) in all aspects of IP development, production, advertising, logistics and marketing operations regarding intellectual property.
Digital transformation strategy will further evolve the KADOKAWA Group's multi-layered media development capabilities supported by its outstanding "IP creation capabilities" and "IT capabilities" to grow into one of the world's leading media publishers.
KADOKAWA CORPORATION (the “Company”) positions the enhancement of corporate governance as a necessary condition for the continuous development of the Group. With the aim of increasing management transparency towards shareholders and earning the trust and confidence of business partners, clients and society as a whole, we are continuously working to strengthen corporate governance.
Moreover, we believe that ensuring sound and transparent management, establishing a management system capable of adapting to a changing management environment, publicly announcing clear management benchmarks and policies, disclosing the status of achievement at the earliest time possible, and clearly defining managerial responsibility contribute to the enhancement of corporate governance.
The Company has changed from a company with an audit & supervisory committee to a company with a nominating committee, etc. The change was approved by the ninth general meeting of shareholders held on June 22, 2023. The purpose of the change is to increase the transparency of management and ensure prompt decision-making by strengthening the Board of Directors' function to supervise management and clearly separate oversight and execution.
The Board of Directors holds regular meetings once a month, in principle, and extraordinary meetings as necessary for the agenda regarding statutory matters, decision-making on important managerial matters and overseeing the status of the Company’s execution of business operations and the status of subsidiaries’ management. The Board of Directors has 13 members (six Inside Directors and seven Outside Directors). The Inside Directors are Mr. Takeshi Natsuno, Mr. Naohisa Yamashita, Mr. Shinobu Murakawa, Ms. Noriko Kase, Mr. Nobuo Kawakami and Ms. Cindy Chou. The Outside Directors are Mr. Hiroo Unoura, Ms. Ruth Marie Jarman, Mr. Tadaaki Sugiyama, Mr. Yu Sasamoto, Mr. Akihiko Shiba, Mr. Ayumi Uzawa and Mr. David Macdonald. The Board is chaired by Outside Director Hiroo Unoura.
The Company has appointed Outside Directors that account for a majority of the Board members to ensure the soundness and transparency of management. The Company elects candidates for Outside Directors from the aspects of both the promotion of Global Media Mix with Technology, which is the basic policy for the management of the Company, and the reinforcement of business supervision, including the prevention of corporate misconduct.
The Outside Directors regularly hold information exchange meetings in which only Outside Directors participate. They strive to gather information by participating in the Management Meeting and by other means and develop a better oversight system.
They also work to ensure objectivity and transparency at the Nominating Committee, Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee. All the committees consist of Outside Directors only. The members of each committee are as shown below.
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The Company delegates substantial authority for business execution to the Chief Officers, particularly the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Human Resource Officer and the Chief Literature & Film Officer, to expedite decision-making.
In principle, the Management Meeting, which consists of all the Chief Officers, holds regular monthly meetings and extraordinary meetings as needed to make decisions on important management issues. Outside Directors may participate in meetings of the Management Meeting as observers as needed to enhance the oversight of business execution at the Company.
To further enhance the transparency of corporate governance, the Company has established non-mandatory committees: the Risk Management Committee and Compliance Committee. The Risk Management Committee has a supervisory function to facilitate risk management at the Company and Group companies. The Compliance Committee plays a role to ensure compliance at the Company and Group companies.
Subsidiaries of the Company adopt Board of Directors system, in principle.
The Company has put in place a mechanism for ensuring that it exercises shareholder rights regarding appointment (or dismissal) of Directors and Audit & Supervisory Board Members of the subsidiaries and takes part in important decision-making of the subsidiaries. On usual times, the Company tracks and oversees the status of subsidiaries’ business operations through various meetings and other means.
In accordance with the provisions of Article 427, Paragraph 1 of the Companies Act, the Company and each Outside Director have signed a liability limitation agreement that limits the liability for compensation for damages provided for in Article 423, Paragraph 1 of the Act. The maximum liability for compensation for damage of each Outside Director shall be the minimum amount provided for in the laws and regulations.
The Company has entered into a directors’ and officers’ liability insurance contract with an insurance company pursuant to the provisions of Article 430-3, Paragraph 1 of the Companies Act.
The insurance covers Directors, Chief Officers, Audit & Supervisory Board Members, Executive Officers and employees with supervisory authority of the Company and its subsidiaries. The insured do not pay premiums. The insurance compensates for damages including legal expenses and compensation for damages, and so forth. that insured persons should incur as a result of a third-party lawsuit, a shareholder representative lawsuit, or corporate litigation, etc. against them. However, the insurance does not compensate for damages, etc. resulting from criminal acts, etc. by an insured person so that the appropriateness of the duties executed by the insured person is not compromised.
As requirements for a resolution of a General Meeting of Shareholders for the election of Directors, the Company’s Articles of Incorporation stipulate that shareholders holding one-third (1/3) or more of the voting rights of shareholders who are entitled to exercise voting rights shall attend the General Meeting of Shareholders, that the resolution shall be adopted by a majority of votes of the shareholders in attendance at the Meeting, and that the resolution shall not be by cumulative voting.
Regarding requirements for a special resolution of the General Meeting of Shareholders provided for in Article 309, Paragraph 2 of the Companies Act, the Company’s Articles of Incorporation stipulate that shareholders holding one-third (1/3) or more of the voting rights of shareholders who are entitled to exercise voting rights shall attend the General Meeting of Shareholders and that the resolution shall be adopted by two-third (2/3) or more votes of the shareholders in attendance at the Meeting. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that the Meeting proceeds smoothly by relaxing the quorum for special resolutions at General Meeting of Shareholders.