Accounting Regulation in Japan: Evolution and Development from 2001 to 2015 (Paperback)

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Accounting Regulation in Japan: Evolution and Development from 2001 to 2015 (Paperback)


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Little has been published on accounting standards in Japan and how they have developed. The purpose of this study is to construct a historical narrative of the interplay between accounting standards in Japan and theories of regulation.

The authors demonstrate that delegation of the authority for accounting standard setting to the private sector in Japan is incomplete, and thus, the role of the public sector remains important. In the discussion about IFRS implementation in Japan, the movement in the United States, industry opinions, and ideological conflict between fair value versus historical cost play important roles. These elements combined led to the ambiguous coexistence of four sets of accounting standards in Japan. First, by using an explaining-outcome process-tracing method, the authors examine how these sets of standards occurred and explore the significance of each. Second, they deliver an explanation of this unique coexistence through the lens of theories of regulation. In doing so, they provide an overview of the history of the recent development of accounting regulation in Japan and offer an up-to-date response to current affairs or policy debates in Japan that have been rapidly changing.

Providing a rare insight into accounting regulation in Japan, an IFRS non-application country, this concise text will be of great interest to researchers and advanced students in international accounting and accounting regulation.

Masatsugu Sanada, PhD, joined Kyoto Tachibana University in April 2019 as Associate Professor in Accounting, Faculty of Contemporary Business, having previously been Associate Professor at Shujitsu University. Sanada entered the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University as a mature student and obtained his PhD in 2012. Yoshihiro Tokuga, PhD, is Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University. He is President of the Japan Accounting Association, former President of Asian Academic Accounting Association, and former Vice-President of International Association of Accounting Education and Research. He also serves as the Chairman of Business Accounting Council of the Financial Services Agency of Japan.

Product Details ISBN: 9781032089379
ISBN-10: 1032089377
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 30th, 2021
Pages: 108
Language: English