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Financial reporting on the Internet by leading Japanese companies

Claire Marston (Claire Marston is Professor of Accountancy, School of Management, Heriot‐Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.)

Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Article publication date: 1 March 2003

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Abstract

Financial reporting on the Internet is an activity that has increased in recent years. This paper reports the results of a survey of Internet reporting by the top 99 Japanese companies in 1998. It was found that the majority of these companies (78) had a Web site in English and that of these 68 reported some financial information with 57 providing detailed accounting information. Company size was significantly positively associated with the existence of a Web site but the extent of financial disclosure did not appear to be related to size. There was no significant association between profitability, industry grouping and overseas listing status and Internet disclosure. The survey was updated in 2001 by re‐evaluating those companies which had no Web site or only a Japanese Web site in 1998. It was found that the majority of these companies now have an English language Web site with full annual reports available.

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Marston, C. (2003), "Financial reporting on the Internet by leading Japanese companies", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 23-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/13563280310458894

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