Japan is considering whether to require all of its primary listed companies to publish an annual sustainability report which substantively conforms with the standards issued by the IFRS’ International Sustainability Standards Board (“ISSB”). The new mandatory disclosure rule would be applied in phases based on the size of market capitalization, with the biggest companies planned to be entering into the scheme from the financial year ending March 2027. The regulator in charge, the Financial Services Agency (“FSA”), established an ad hoc advisory board, the Working Group on Sustainability Disclosure (Reporting) and Assurance (“Sustainability Disclosure WG”) under its Financial System Council in February 2024. A public consultation in respect of the local adaptation of some of the ISSB standards will end on 31 July 2024.

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