Representatives of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the
Accounting Standards Board of Japan Hold Biannual Meeting
Norwalk, CT, April 2, 2014—Representatives of the Financial
Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Accounting Standards Board of Japan
(ASBJ) met this week in Norwalk to provide updates on their respective
activities, and exchange views on the technical topics in which both boards have
This meeting was the sixteenth in a series of biannual
meetings between the FASB and the ASBJ to further their cooperative efforts to
develop high-quality global accounting standards.
At their recent
meeting, the FASB and the ASBJ discussed the conceptual framework, leases and
rate-regulated activities, which the IASB is currently deliberating, as well as
financial instruments, goodwill, and the disclosure framework, which the FASB is
currently deliberating. The FASB and the ASBJ also discussed the endorsement
procedures of IFRS in Japan, which the ASBJ is currently deliberating.
The FASB and the ASBJ agreed that they would continue to exchange views on
issues faced and potential future concerns. The next meeting is planned in the
second half of 2014 in Tokyo.
Russell G. Golden, Chairman of the FASB,
stated, "Our meeting with the ASBJ was particularly timely and valuable given
our recent deliberations on many of these projects. The FASB wishes to express
our deep appreciation to Mr. Ikuo Nishikawa for his years of service and looks
forward to continuing our work with Mr. Ono in our overall pursuit of improving
accounting and financial reporting standards worldwide."
who has completed his term as Chairman of the ASBJ on March 31, stated, "I have
attended all of the biannual meetings since the first meeting, and this would be
my last. The FASB and the ASBJ have been exchanging views constructively and I
think that the series of meetings have contributed to the development of
high-quality global accounting standards. I hope that the FASB and the ASBJ
will further its close relationship under the chairmanship of Mr. Golden and Mr.
Yukio Ono, Chairman of the ASBJ, stated, "I would like to express
my sincere respect to Mr. Golden and Mr. Nishikawa, who have built and
strengthened our close relationship. The development of high-quality global
accounting standards contributes to the growth of capital markets. The periodic
meetings between the FASB and the ASBJ are meaningful, and I believe we had
constructive discussions at this meeting. I hope we can further strengthen our
relationship through close communication."
Takao Kamiya, Director, Accounting Standards Board of Japan
Robert W. Stewart, Vice President, Communications, Financial Accounting
About the Accounting Standards Board of Japan
The Accounting Standards Board of Japan (ASBJ) was established in July 2001 as a
private-sector organization. Accounting standards developed by the ASBJ are to
be authorized by the Financial Services Agency as part of generally accepted
accounting principles. The ASBJ develops accounting standards and
implementation guidance that appropriately reflect the environment in which
business enterprises operate. The ASBJ also communicates with corresponding
organizations abroad and contributes to the development of global accounting
standards. For more information about the ASBJ, visit its website at https://www.asb.or.jp/asb/top_e.do.
the Financial Accounting Standards Board
Since 1973, the
Financial Accounting Standards Board has been the designated organization in the
private sector for establishing standards of financial accounting and reporting.
Those standards govern the preparation of financial reports and are officially
recognized as authoritative by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Such standards are essential
to the efficient functioning of the economy because investors, creditors,
auditors, and others rely on credible, transparent, and comparable financial
information. For more information about the FASB, visit our website at http://www.fasb.org/.