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CFO Signals Survey

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This quarterly survey tracks the latest thinking and actions of CFOs representing Japanese largest and most influential companies. CFO Signals is a “pulse survey” that provides CFOs with information regarding their peers’ thinking across a variety of topics.

CFO Signals | 2017 Q1

The impact of the rapid progress of digital technology on corporate management and the CFO / finance team has been featured as the hot topic in this survey for Japan. This survey was conducted from April 3rd to April 13th, and answers from the CFOs of 38 companies were obtained.

Contents:
Prostepct of the financial environment
Business performance outlook
Uncertainty
Key points that can influence the Japanese economy
Key points that can influence Western counties’ economies
Key points that can influence the Chinese / emerging countries’ economies
How the progress of digital technology such as AI, IoT and Cloud computing influences accounting operations
How the finance team should change to deal with digitalization
Expectation form digital technologies
Utilization of digital technology
Investment objectives and expectations in implementation of information technologies

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CFO Signals | 2016 Q4

The impact of Robotic Process Automation RPA and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to corporate affairs has been featured as the hot topic in this survey for Japan. This survey was conducted from January 10th to January 20th, and answers from the CFOs of 45 companies were obtained.

Contents:
Financial environmental prospect
Business performance outlook
Uncertainty
The perspective of global and major economies
Events you regard as important when considering potential risks dor the Japanese economy
Adopting robotic process automation and artificial intelligence
Recognition of RPA and AI
Automation of the business by RPA
Developing RPA in he future
The future of accounting / the finance function

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CFO Signals | 2016 Q3

Company rejuvenation has been featured as the hot topic in this survey for Japan. This survey was conducted at the CFO VISION conference on September 27th. The responses from 108 CFOs was obtained, but also included respondents who did not attend the conference.

Contents:
Financial environmental prospect
The prospects of performance
Uncertainty
Events CFOs regard as important when considering potential risk scenarios for the Japanese Economy
Events CFOs regard as important when considering potential risk scenarios for the US Economy
Events CFOs regard as important when considering potential risk scenarios for the EUs Economy
Events CFOs regard as important when considering potential risk scenarios for the Chinese Economy
Obstacles for company rejuvenation
Fundamental thoughts on company rejuvenation

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CFO Signals | 2016 Q2

As the hot topic in this survey in Japan, finance business partnering is featured.
This survey was conducted from June 2016 to July 2016, obtaining the answers from the CFO of 30 companies.

Contents:
Financial environment outlook
Business performance prospect
Uncertainty
Prospect of global economy and economies in major countries
Structural reforms needed for the Japanese economy The restructure policy that is found for Japanese economy
Future point of interest attention point
Survey on finance business partnering
CFO's awareness and the reality
Participation in planning to the decision-making place
Challengees and bottlenecks for the finance organization
Ability considered to be important for finance to participate in decision making and and current fill rate
Improvement measures for the accounting and finance function

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CFO Signals | 2016 Q1

Finance talent has been featured as the hot topic in this survey for Japan.
This survey was conducted from March 2016 to April 2016, obtaining the answers from the CFO of 36 companies.

Contents:
Financial environmental prospect
The prospects of performance
Uncertainty
The impact of the Negative Interest Rate Policy by Bank of Japan
Factors for the success of Abenomics
Future points of interest
The area which finance functions should be strengthened
Required skills for finance talents in the future
The bottlenecks when you think about assuring / developing finance talents
The company policies that is “in process”, “planning” or “do not plan”
The career of CFOs and the experiences they recommend to future CFOs
How the CFOs feel about sending good talent out of the finance function

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CFO Signals | 2015 Q4

Global M&As are featured as the “hot topic” in this survey conducted in Japan.
This survey was conducted between December 2015 and January 2016, and answers from the CFOs of 33 companies were obtained.

Contents:
Survey on the economic environment
Prospects for the financial environment
Business performance outlook
Uncertainty
Prospects for baseline scenarios and risk scenarios
Trigger event for risk scenariosMain upcoming concerns
Surveyon organizational ability for global M&As
Issues surrounding global M&A activities
Search for M&A opportunities
Role of headquarters and regional headquarters (RHQ) in global M&As
Role of CFO in global M&As
Financial standards for deciding on global M&As
Obstacles to M&A investment

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