Corporate Governance

Basic Philosophy

Dexerials’ management philosophy is “Integrity - Have Integrity and Sincerity,” and in accordance with this we recognize that in order to try and improve the corporate value, and to live up to the expectations and trust placed in us by all the stakeholders who support the corporate activities, the establishment of corporate governance is an extremely important issue.
Based on this fundamental way of thinking, the management's transparency and objectivity is ensured through the composition of the board of directors, due to independent outside directors making up the majority.

Reason for Adopting the Current Structure

Dexerials Corporation (“the Company”) is working to ensure management transparency by adopting a structure wherein the majority of the board of directors is made up of independent outside directors with no relationships that create a conflict of interest with regular shareholders. Furthermore, in order to invigorate debates held by the board of directors, we have instituted periodic meetings of independent outside directors and we are exchanging information and pooling awareness among independent officers.
We are strengthening supervision of management by making all audit and supervisory board members independent outside audit and supervisory board members to ensure that they can express their opinions to management from an independent and objective standpoint.
Also, by introducing an executive officer system, we have separated executive and oversight functions, improved management transparency, clarified management responsibility, and sped up decision making.

Corporate Governance Structure

Executive Functions/Auditing and Supervision

In order to pursue efficiency and transparency through the separation of management and executive functions, the Company has adopted a structure wherein management policies and strategy, etc. are determined by the board of directors, which comprises a majority of independent outside directors, and executive authority is delegated to executive officer. Supervision of management is then conducted by observing the state of executive operations.
Furthermore, the audit and supervisory board, which is wholly made up of outside audit and supervisory board members, works with the outside directors to conduct audits from a neutral standpoint and is strengthening internal control through a system that enables the expression of opinions to management.

Executive Officers

The Company enables prompt decision making and transparency of executive responsibility by selecting eleven executive officers and delegating authority to them.
Executive officers comprise three internal directors and eight staff.
Furthermore, in principle, the Company conducts twice-monthly meetings of the board of executive officers, which comprises the eleven executive officers as regular members. The board of executive officers examines the status of executive operation as well as issues being faced, in addition to conducting discussion of major proposals in advance of a meeting of the board of directors.

Status of Audits Conducted by the Audit and Supervisory Board

The outside audit and supervisory board members exchange ideas with representative directors, attend important meetings, access to important documents, survey important assets, participate in department hearings, and investigate subsidiary companies, while at the same time coordinating with the internal audit department and independent auditors to enhance the audit's effectiveness and efficiency.
The internal audit department holds monthly meetings at which it confirms the content of audits and exchanges opinions. Furthermore, it works with the independent auditors by receiving explanations of auditing plans from and conducting quarterly opinion exchanges.

Status of Internal Audits

Dexerials’ Internal Audit Department strives to implement an effective and efficient audit, establishes an internal control system, for Dexerials and its group companies, and audits the status of their implementation of and compliance with their respective compliance and risk management system, and also in regards to the results of the internal audit, periodically reviews the status of enhancements, and reports those details to the representative director and president, the audit and supervisory board and any related departments.
Specifically, it conducts internal audits based on the auditing plan devised at the beginning of the fiscal year, notifies audited departments of the results of audits, and reports those results to the representative director and president and the audit and supervisory board. It also checks the status and results of improvements with regard to content that requires improvement.
Audit and supervisory board members hold monthly meetings at which they confirm the content of audits and exchange opinions.
Also, they conduct quarterly opinion exchanges with the independent auditors, provide information to the independent auditors in relation to major events relating to internal control that are discovered in the course of internal audits, and receive instructions and advice if necessary.

Directors and Board of Directors

Dexerials’ Board of Directors consists of three internal directors and four outside directors; meaning that outside directors comprise the majority of board members. In principle, the board of directors conducts regular meetings once per month, where it decides legally mandated matters, determines major management policies and strategies, selects candidates for officers, determines individual remuneration, and oversees execution of business.
The outside directors each have extensive experience and knowledge as managers or experts in their field and are able to perform their supervisory functions from an independent perspective.

Basic Policy and Procedures for Nomination of Candidates for Director

With regard to the nomination of candidates for director, the Company selects candidates that possess judgement and ability in accordance with the Company’s corporate philosophy, who have exceptional personal and communication skills, and who display leadership abilities, etc. Furthermore, outside directors are people that are invited from outside the Company with management experience at global corporations, knowledge concerning technological development, and specialist knowledge in fields such as law and financial accounting, and who possess a high degree of independence. Also, outside directors are determined in consideration of the balance of the knowledge, experience, and specialist areas, etc. of the board of directors as a whole.
The majority of the Company’s board of directors is made up of independent outside directors, so it calls for the selection of candidates for director from a more neutral standpoint. Also, we conduct prior consideration through meetings of independent outside directors when nominating candidates for director, in order to reflect the opinions of independent outside directors.

Reason for Selection as Director

Position Name Management positions and major concurrent posts Reason for selection
Representative director and president Takashi Ichinose President and chief executive officer Officer in charge of internal audit Takashi Ichinose has been selected as director since assuming the role of representative director of Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation, which is the Company’s precursor; he has led the Company in its top management position and possesses ample experience relating to management of the Company and extensive knowledge relating to management.
Representative director Hisashi Ando Senior managing executive officer Corporate R&D division head Hisashi Ando has been selected as director since assuming the role of director of Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation, which is the Company’s precursor; he has led the development of the Company’s key products and possesses ample experience in relation to product development and business operation of the Company and extensive knowledge relating to management.
Director Satoshi Nagase Managing executive officer CFO (chief financial officer) Satoshi Nagase has been selected as director as he has ample experience and extensive knowledge as a manager at a financial institution, and we have determined that he is able to continue to fulfil his duties in an appropriate manner due to having played a central role in developing the Company’s financial strategy, etc.
Outside director Masao Hirano Professor at the Waseda University Faculty of Commerce Outside director of Locondo, Inc. Outside director of Litalico, Inc. Masao Hirano has been invited to be an outside director as he possesses extensive knowledge relating to business management as a university professor and management consultant, and we have determined that he will be able to provide useful advice to the Company’s management from an objective and specialist standpoint.
Outside director Koji Fujita Lawyer (partner at Okuno & Partners) Outside audit and supervisory board member of Trend Micro Incorporated Outside director of Nichireki Co., Ltd. Outside director of Iriso Electronics Co., Ltd. Koji Fujita has been invited to be an outside director as he possesses extensive knowledge relating corporate law as a lawyer, and we have determined that he will be able to contribute to strengthening the corporate governance structure by providing useful advice to the Company’s management from an objective and specialist standpoint.
Outside director Takashi Yokokura Takashi Yokokura has been invited to be an outside director as he has served in key positions of listed companies and possesses extensive knowledge relating to corporate management, and we have determined that he will be able to contribute to the Company’s technological development and business expansion by providing useful advice to the Company’s management from an objective and specialist standpoint.
Outside director Kazuko Takamatsu Executive director and secretariat of Japan Institute for Women’s Empowerment & Diversity Management Outside director of Hitachi Zosen Corporation Kazuko Takamatsu has been invited to be an outside director as we have determined that she will be able to contribute to the promotion of CSR activities and diversity management by providing useful advice to the Company’s management from an objective and specialist standpoint, based on her experience being responsible for environmental conservation and diversity promotion activities at listed companies.

Standards for Evaluating the Independence of Outside Directors

If it is determined that outside directors or candidates for outside director of the Company fulfil all of the following requirements, the Company shall deem said outside director or candidate for outside director to be independent from the Company:

  • 1.
    The candidate has not held a position as director (excluding outside director. The same applies hereinafter), audit and supervisory board member (excluding outside audit and supervisory board member. The same applies hereinafter), executive officer, or agent (hereinafter “Director, etc.”) of the Company or any of its subsidiaries (hereinafter the “Dexerials Group”) either currently or in the ten years prior to being appointed.
  • 2.
    The candidate is not related to a Director, etc. of the Dexerials Group within two degrees of consanguinity.
  • 3.
    The candidate is not a major shareholder of the Company (or in the case of a major shareholder that is an organization such as a company, is not affiliated with said organization). (Note 1)
  • 4.
    The candidate is not affiliated with an organization of that is a major shareholder of the Company. (Note 1)
  • 5.
    The candidate is not a major trading partner of the Dexerials Group (or in the case of a major trading partner that is a company, etc. is not affiliated with said organization). (Note 2)
  • 6.
    The candidate is not a major lender or other major creditor of the Dexerials Group (or in the case of a major lender that is an organization such as a company, is not affiliated with said organization). (Note 3)
  • 7.
    The candidate has not received contributions of 10.00 million yen or more from the Dexerials Group in the current fiscal year (in the case the recipient of contributions is an organization such as a company or association, this applies to those who are affiliated with said organization or who have been affiliated with said organization in the previous five years).
  • 8.
    The candidate has not received remuneration from the Dexeriels Group of 10.00 million yen or more as payment for the provision of specialist legal, financial, or taxation services, etc. or consulting, etc. in the current fiscal year (or in the case of a recipient that is an organization such as a company, is not affiliated with said organization).
  • 9.
    The candidate is not subject to reciprocal appointment of outside officers between a company at which the candidate is a Director, etc. and the Dexerials Group. (Note 4)
  • 10.
    The candidate has not served as outside director of the Company for more than five years.
  • (Note 1): “Major shareholder” refers to a shareholder that directly or indirectly holds 10% or more of total voting rights.
  • (Note 2): “Major trading partner” refers to companies for which payments made or payments received in transactions with the Dexeriels Group account for 2% or more of consolidated net sales of the Dexeriels Group or the trading partner.
  • (Note 3): “Major lender” refers to a lender of a sum that amounts to 2% or more of consolidated total assets.
  • (Note 4): “Reciprocal appointment of outside officers” refers to a scenario in which an outside officer is accepted from a company at which a Director, etc. of the Dexeriels Group serves as an outside officer.

Evaluation of Effectiveness of the Board of Directors

The Company evaluated the following content in relation to the effectiveness of the board of directors in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, in order to achieve sustainable corporate growth and a medium to long-term increase in corporate value:

(Method of Evaluation)
A survey of all directors and audit and supervisory board members that attended meetings of the board of directors was conducted, deliberation and evaluation based on the results was conducted at a meeting independent outside directors, and an action plan for the next fiscal year (fiscal year ending March 31, 2019) was formulated by the board of directors.

(Outline of Results of Evaluation)
It was determined that the Company’s board of directors generally performed its functions appropriately and improvements under last year’s action plan are progressing. However, it was also determined that continuous deliberations aimed at creating a corporate structure that contributes to strengthening governance were necessary, in addition to further initiatives to continue deliberations concerning nominations and remuneration, exchange opinions with independent outside directors and independent outside audit and supervisory board members, and enhance the effectiveness of deliberations of the board of directors, in order to effect further improvements.

Audit and Supervisory Board Members and Audit and Supervisory Board

The Company has adopted an audit and supervisory board system. Dexerials’ audit and supervisory board is comprised of three independent outside audit and supervisory board members, and together with ensuring transparency and independence, it carries out an auditing and supervisory function of Dexerials’ management.

Basic Policy and Procedures for Nomination of Candidates for Audit and Supervisory Board Member

With regard to nomination of candidates for audit and supervisory board member, candidates that possess experience and knowledge in fields such as corporate management, financial accounting, and law, are selected from inside and outside the Company. Furthermore, outside audit and supervisory board members are invited from outside the Company and possess a high degree of independence in addition to the above.
The majority of the Company’s board of directors is made up of independent outside directors, so it calls for the selection of candidates for officer from a more neutral standpoint. Also, we conduct prior consideration through meetings of independent outside directors when nominating candidates for officer, in order to reflect the opinions of independent outside directors.

Position Name Reason for selection
Standing Audit and Supervisory Board Member Toshiya Satake Toshiya Satake has been selected as outside audit and supervisory board member as it has been determined that he will be able to conduct audits in an appropriate manner from an objective and specialist standpoint due to his experience in matters relating to investment and lending at the Development Bank of Japan, Inc. and as a manager of a business corporation.
Audit and Supervisory Board Member Toshifumi Takada Professor at Tohoku University (Graduate School of Economics and Management) Toshifumi Takada has been invited to be an outside audit and supervisory board member as he possesses extensive knowledge relating to accounting and auditing systems as a university professor, and we have determined that he will be able to conduct audits in an appropriate manner from an objective and specialist standpoint.
Audit and Supervisory Board Member Rika Sato Lawyer (partner at Ota & Sato Law Office) Rika Sato has been invited to be an outside audit and supervisory board member as she possesses extensive knowledge relating to corporate law as a lawyer, and we have determined that she will be able to conduct audits in an appropriate manner from an objective and specialist standpoint.

Standards for Evaluating the Independence of Outside Audit and Supervisory Board Members

If it is determined that outside audit and supervisory board members or candidates for outside audit and supervisory board member fulfil all of the following requirements, the Company shall deem said outside audit and supervisory board member or candidate for outside audit and supervisory board member to be independent from the Company:

  • 1.
    The candidate has not held a position as director (excluding outside director. The same applies hereinafter), audit and supervisory board member (excluding outside audit and supervisory board member. The same applies hereinafter), executive officer, or agent (hereinafter “Director, etc.”) of the Company or any of its subsidiaries (hereinafter the “Dexerials Group”) either currently or in the ten years prior to being appointed.
  • 2.
    The candidate is not related to a Director, etc. of the Dexerials Group within two degrees of consanguinity.
  • 3.
    The candidate is not a major shareholder of the Company (or in the case of a major shareholder that is an organization such as a company, is not affiliated with said organization). (Note 1)
  • 4.
    The candidate is not affiliated with an organization of that is a major shareholder of the Company. (Note 1)
  • 5.
    The candidate is not a major trading partner of the Dexerials Group (or in the case of a major trading partner that is a company, etc. is not affiliated with said organization). (Note 2)
  • 6.
    The candidate is not a major lender or other major creditor of the Dexerials Group (or in the case of a major lender that is an organization such as a company, is not affiliated with said organization). (Note 3)
  • 7.
    The candidate has not received contributions of 10.00 million yen or more from the Dexerials Group in the current fiscal year (in the case the recipient of contributions is an organization such as a company or association, this applies to those who are affiliated with said organization or who have been affiliated with said organization in the previous five years).
  • 8.
    The candidate has not received remuneration from the Dexeriels Group of 10.00 million yen or more as payment for the provision of specialist legal, financial, or taxation services, etc. or consulting, etc. in the current fiscal year (or in the case of a recipient that is an organization such as a company, is not affiliated with said organization).
  • 9.
    The candidate is not subject to reciprocal appointment of outside officers between a company at which the candidate is a Director, etc. and the Dexerials Group. (Note 4)
  • 10.
    The candidate has not served as outside audit and supervisory board member of the Company for more than eight years.
  • (Note 1): “Major shareholder” refers to a shareholder that directly or indirectly holds 10% or more of total voting rights.
  • (Note 2): “Major trading partner” refers to companies for which payments made or payments received in transactions with the Dexeriels Group account for 2% or more of consolidated net sales of the Dexeriels Group or the trading partner.
  • (Note 3): “Major lender” refers to a lender of a sum that amounts to 2% or more of consolidated total assets.
  • (Note 4): “Reciprocal appointment of outside officers” refers to a scenario in which an outside officer is accepted from a company at which a Director, etc. of the Dexeriels Group serves as an outside officer.

Officers’ Remuneration

Remuneration of directors and audit and supervisory board members of the Company is determined by comparing the Company’s remuneration system and remuneration level to those of companies of a similar scale, business category, and type to the Company based on officers’ remuneration research data from external research institutions.
Remuneration of directors (excluding external directors) is determined by resolution of the board of directors based on an amount calculated from the role and achievement of results for the fiscal year, etc. having been evaluated by independent outside directors.
Also, we have introduced a performance-linked stock compensation plan for directors (excluding outside directors), which is separate to the fixed remuneration schedule, for the purpose of increasing awareness of contributions to medium to long-term continuous improvements in results and increases in corporate value. Only basic remuneration is provided to outside directors.
Remuneration for audit and supervisory board members is determined through deliberation of audit and supervisory board members, and only basic remuneration is provided.

Amount of Officers’ Remuneration in Fiscal 2017

Officer classification Total amount of remuneration, etc.
(millions of yen)
Total amount of each type of remuneration, etc. (millions of yen) Number of subject officers (people)
Basic remuneration Stock options Bonuses Performance-linked stock compensation plan
Directors (excluding outside directors) 117 97 - - 19 3
Audit and supervisory board members (excluding outside audit and supervisory board members) - - - - - -
Outside officers 63 63 - - - 7