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International Perspectives on Accounting and Corporate Behavior

  • Kunio Ito
  • Makoto Nakano

Part of the Advances in Japanese Business and Economics book series (AJBE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kunio Ito
    Pages 1-25
  3. Earnings Attributes and Corporate Behavior

  4. Disclosure and Enforcement

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 331-335

About this book


Despite the globalization of accounting standards occurring through convergence to International Financial Reporting Standards, local accounting systems are deeply intertwined with each country’s unique institutions such as its corporate system, disclosure practices, and enforcement mechanisms. First, this book empirically analyzes the effects of globalization and localization of accounting rules on corporate behavior such as earnings management, signaling, investment behavior, and dividend payout policy. Second, the book unravels the economic consequences of disclosure based on the concept of self-disciplining enforcement such as management forecasts, environmental disclosures, and risk disclosures by Japanese firms. This volume is a step forward in understanding the link between accounting and corporate behavior based on a new institutional accounting approach.


Accounting conservatism Accounting standards Earnings property Management forecast New institutional accounting Voluntary disclosure

Editors and affiliations

  • Kunio Ito
    • 1
  • Makoto Nakano
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Commerce and ManagementHitotsubashi UniversityKunitachiJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Commerce and ManagementHitotsubashi UniversityKunitachiJapan

About the editors


Kunio Ito is a professor and a director of MBA program at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management of Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He earned his Ph.D. from Hitotsubashi University. He is also the President of Japan Accounting Association (since 2012). During the last 15 years Ito has taught accounting, financial statement analysis and valuation in the school’s MBA and doctoral courses and senior executive program. He has served as outside director to several leading Japanese corporations and as advisor to the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Makoto Nakano is a professor at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management of Hitotsubashi University in Japan, where he completed his Ph.D. in management and accounting in 1995. His research is related to financial reporting, corporate finance, corporate governance and equity valuation. Dr. Nakano has published on these subjects in Corporate Governance: An International Review (vol. 20; 2012), Applied Financial Economics (vol.23; 2013) and The Japanese Accounting Review (vol. 2; 2012). He is also the author of Reliance on Foreign Markets: Multinationality and Performance (Springer, 2013).

Bibliographic information


The book provides a wealth of detail on the Japanese model of capitalism and its implications for corporate governance and accounting policy. […] Scholars and practitioners in the IFRS harmonization space will be well served by obtaining a copy of the Ito-Nakano book for their institutional libraries.


Karthik Ramanna, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

In The Accounting Review, Vo.90, No.3 2015, pp.1244-1247




Overall, the book is valuable not only for academics but also for business practitioners and policy makers. […] The implications derived from the empirical evidence of this book may be useful to create a better system. Therefore, this book contributions to the discussion of the field of international accounting.


Fumiko Takeda, Associate Professor, Department of Technology Management, The University of Tokyo

In The International Journal of Accounting, Volume 50, Issue 2, June 2015, pp. 242–245