Panel: Keys to Unlocking Japan

INSIDE MARKET DATA ASIA 2006

The Japanese market, though one of the main drivers of Asia's capital markets, is often considered opaque and difficult for broker-dealers and vendors alike to break into, and is only now taking steps to modernize to keep pace with other financial centers in the region that threaten to overtake it.

One traditional barrier has been cultural—the country's reliance on personal contact and communication has made it hard for outsiders to obtain local data from organizations such as the Tokyo Stock

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