CFO Insights

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CFO Insights is a publication to deliver an easily digestible and regular stream of perspectives on the challenges confronting CFOs. It provides financial updates for Japan from an macro and micro economic perspective and peer CFO's views on various topics.

CFO Insights has been renewed in 2020, an article is posted on the website monthly instead of publishing a quarterly booklet.

CFO Insights | 2020 November

Combatting the struggling economic landscape through the effective use of tax losses

One of the key mechanisms for reducing cash tax outflows is the efficient use of existing and projected net operating losses for tax purposes (“NOL”). Utilization of NOL can be achieved through a number of methods including the carryback and carryforward of NOL, offsetting of taxable income and losses within a 100% Japan parented group, or by integrating businesses and utilizing NOL through corporate reorganization.

  • Overview of rules relating to carryforward and utilization of NOL
  • Other restrictions on NOL utilization
  • Options for utilizing NOL

To learn more on  the digital transformation journey, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 October

Emotional fortitude: What CFOs can learn from “undisruptable” CEOs

In today’s environment, executives across the C-suite are under enormous pressure to get it “right.” How can leaders increase their chances of making an optimal decision when all of the alternatives may not be known, when time is not on their side, and when emotions play a central role before, during, and after the decision is made?
In particular, for CFOs looking to playing the key role of trusted advisor to their CEOs, an understanding of the power of emotional fortitude can be uniquely valuable.

  • What is emotional fortitude?
  • Using emotional fortitude to shape the situation
  • Strategies for building emotional “muscle”
  • Embracing emotional fortitude

To learn more on  the digital transformation journey, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 September

MASTER DATA MANAGEMENT - Your Digital Journey Starts here!

The world of business and finance has seen a dramatic shift as organizations scramble to accelerate their digital transformation agenda. The finance leader of the digital age has to be ready to serve as the steward at the helm guiding their organization through the transition to an insights-driven and action-oriented company.

  • Why the digital transformation journey matters even more now?
  • What does it mean to transition to an insight-driven organization?
  • How can organizations embark on this journey?
  • Road to success starts with master data management

To learn more on  the digital transformation journey, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 August

Road to a digital future: Considerations for implementing digitalization plans to assist organizations on their way to crisis recovery

With the tax function now playing an essential role in strategic planning, many businesses are encouraging tax functions to accelerate and progress their digital transformation journeys.

  • 3 factors to assist the organization in its crisis recovery
  • 3 Steps to the goal
  • Going paperless in Japan
  • Seal (hanko) issues

To learn more on tax function in DX, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 July

Global Economic Brief: Fear, Not Lockdowns, May Drive Economic Activity

The sharp decline in U.S. economic activity in recent months was principally the result of consumer fears about contracting the virus, not government-imposed lockdowns. If the viral outbreak worsens further, economic activity for the third quarter will likely either grow more slowly than expected or not at all.

Moreover, the new, United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) could hurt the U.S. automotive sector, while major Japanese carmakers reportedly have no intention of shifting production to the U.S., rather, they will either triple wages in Mexico and/or will accept tariffs.

To learn more on global economic outlook, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 June

Mobility “Information and insights on-the-go”

The surge in worldwide spending on mobile devices along with the superior performance by smartphones which includes mobile wallets, E-commerce, biometrics, GPS, and cameras have caused a shift in the way we operate in our personal lives.

Workplaces are also seeing millennials increasing in share as a part of the workforce. This has resulted in more employees expecting the same seamless experience provided the smartphone at the work. Moreover, it has led to a transformation of business models and rise in expectations across the value chain.

To learn more on how mobility in the enterprise affects on their business and leads to the transformation of business models and the value chain, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 May

COVID-19’s impact on transfer pricing in Japan

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic continues to cause serious disruption globally, impacting vital components of the economy, such as production, the supply chain, consumption, and financial markets.

Many industries and business sectors are experiencing serious impact, and global markets are volatile. It is in this context that global multinationals are considering how a downturn may affect their tax and transfer pricing positions.

To learn more on what lies ahead for the Japanese Tax, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2020 April

Japan: Economic Slowdown

Even before the coronavirus started to disrupt Japanese manufacturing supply chains, Japan’s economy had faltered following the imposition of a higher national sales tax in October 2019.

A combination of soft consumer demand, weak sentiment, the coronavirus outbreak, and global trade troubles has decelerated the economy, and there appears to be little the government can do currently.

To learn more on what lies ahead for the Japanese economy, read the full article now.


CFO Insights | 2019 Q4

Read the report


Japan Economic Outlook "Consumer spending picked up, but business investment and exports weakened"
Tax News
Cognitive Computing: “Simulation of human thought"
Disruptive M&A: Assessing the Risks and Rewards
Olam International CFO: Business Alignments That Drive Growth
Global Marketing Trends for the C-suite
Concerns Mount Across Regions: Global CFO Signals
An Audit Committee Guide for New CFOs


(PDF, 1.9MB)

CFO Insights | 2019 Q3


Japan Economic Outlook - The economy has rebounded but obstacles remain
Tax News
How to get Agile Project Management right
How Agile Internal Audit Can Add Value
Companies Accelerate Digital Innovation Inside and Out
Walmart CFO Brett Biggs: Transformation With Customers at the Core
How CFOs Can Improve Cost Management Outcomes
From Jobs to ‘Superjobs’
CFOs Lend Insights on Diversity and Inclusion

(PDF, 2.5MB)

CFO Insights | 2019 Q2


Japan Economic Outlook - Slowing economy, declining exports
Accounting News
Tax News
Digital Space  -    “Decrypting the data buzz words”
Strategic Planning: 3 Enduring Trends
Leading Innovation and Disruption: Marc Olin, CFO of EFI
Using Digital Cost Management to Support Growth Strategy
Inclusion a Hallmark of Modern Leadership

(PDF, 1.3MB)

CFO Insights | 2019 Q1


Japan Economic Outlook - Insights from CFOs
Accounting News
Tax News
Mobility “Information and insights on-the-go”
Sysco CFO Joel Grade: Strategy, Innovation, and the Finance Mindset
Succession Planning: The Difference Between Good CFOs and Great CFOs
The Rise of the Socially Responsible Business
What It Takes to Lead in Industry 4.0  

(PDF, 861KB)

CFO Insights | 2018 Q4

Deloitte's publication for the foreign CFO community in Japan


Japan Economic Outlook - Insights from CFOs
Accounting News
Tax News
Digital Space
What’s Keeping CFOs Up at Night in 2018?
Chapter II: Preparing for Life After Being CFO
Financial Reporting Implications of Disasters: 2018 Update
Why Cloud Is on the Board’s Agenda

(PDF, 1.3MB)

CFO Insights | 2018 Q2

Deloitte's publication for the foreign CFO community in Japan


Japan Economic Outlook 
Accounting News 
Tax News 
Rise of the Symphonic C-suite 
CXOs Optimistic, Uncertain About Industry 4.0 
Caesars Entertainment CFO Eric Hession on Making a Turnaround 
Leading With Resiliency: Lessons From Seven Leaders

(PDF, 993KB)

CFO Insights | 2018 Q1

Deloitte's publication for the foreign CFO community in Japan


Japan Economic Outlook
Accounting News
Tax News
The 2018 Boardroom Agenda: Confronting Challenges Old and New
The Millennial Mix: What CFOs Should Know
Bolstering Growth as a Business Partner: Diane Morefield, CFO, CyrusOne
Accelerating Performance One Workgroup at a Time

(PDF, 1.5MB)
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