Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission

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The Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (証券取引等監視委員会, shouken torihikitou kanshi iinkai, SESC) is a Japanese commission which comes under the authority of the Financial Services Agency.[1] It is responsible for “ensuring fair transactions in both securities and financial futures markets.”[2]

Its current chairman is Kenichi Sado, who assumed the post in July 2007.[3] There are two chairmen, Shinya Fukuda,[4] and Masayuki Yoshida.[5]


The SESC was formally established on July 20, 1992, in the wake of a number of 1991 scandals related to securities companies. In June 1998, the Financial Supervisory Agency and the SESC were split off from the Ministry of Finance, and the Financial Supervisory Agency became the Financial Services Agency.[6]


The SESC has five objectives, and a division to handle each one:[7]

  • Market Surveillance
  • Compliance Inspection
  • Disclosure Document Inspection
  • Administrative Civil Monetary Penalties Investigation
  • Enforcement-Investigation and Filing Criminal Charges


Unlike the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the SESC doesn't have the power to punish those who violate the law or regulations. Instead, it reports its findings to the cabinet, prosecutors, and the Financial Services Agency with recommendations. In addition to which, it has been described as understaffed - as of 2004, the SESC had 444 staff, as compared to 3100 at the US SEC.[8] The total number of SESC staff had increased to 697 as of fiscal year 2010.[9]


  1. ^ SESC website Organization Retrieved January 27th 2011
  2. ^ SESC website History and Functions Retrieved January 27th 2011
  3. ^ SESC website Kenichi Sado Retrieved January 29th 2011
  4. ^ SESC website Shinya Fukuda Retrieved January 29th 2011
  5. ^ SESC website Masayuki Yoshida Retrieved January 29th 2011
  6. ^ SESC website Who We Are Retrieved on January 29th 2011
  7. ^ SESC website Who We Are Retrieved on January 29th 2011
  8. ^ The Japan Times, Toothless SESC rues failure to protect investors, September 1st 2004 Retrieved January 29th 2011
  9. ^ SESC website Organization Retrieved on July 13 2012

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