1. "Home Page" which will return you to this website's home page. If this does not work simply click the "back" button on your browser, until you reach the Home Page again.
2. "Full Financials" which is recommended for those who do not have Microsoft's Excel loaded on their computers. This will take you to the static HTML table with complete financial statement data for usually five years, in English.
3. "Download Excel Workbook" which is the star of the show. If you have Microsoft's Excel you can click on this where it will download the workbook permitting you to see and use not only the complete financial statement data, but also a summary financial statement worksheet, a financial ratios worksheet and of course, a plethora of charts based on that data.
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NOTICE: As our English language translations
are exact translations are the Japanese original yuka shoken hokokusho,
our 'SALES FIGURES' sometimes differ from the handbooks or databanks
of other sources as they make "adjustments" . If the Japanese original shows
"uriagedaka" then that is what we show as "sales" in our English
language sources, with no adjustments.
TIMING One of the most important differences between the US and Japan is the timing of the release financial statement data. Amazingly, Americans think that since their companies announce quarterly reports very promptly, the rest of the world does as well. That is JUST PLAIN WRONG. Most European Companies do not announce their official reports until 6-12 months after the end of the business year. So if you want the data for a November 1998 term company in Europe, it may well not be available until the end of 1999. Japan does comparatively well. Japanese companies must make their official filings of their corporate reports 3 months after the end of the business year. Since most Japanese companies have March terms, most file their reports in early July, IN JAPANESE. Now while it is possible to translate one of these corporate reports immediately, it takes a couple of months to translate thousands of financial statements. The Government of Japan does not require its companies to file their official filings in English. Japan's official language is Japanese. Even in Japanese there is no Japanese government web site at present providing even Japanese language reports as compared to the EDGAR system in the USA.
Every country has different accounting standards due to differences in legal systems and business customs. A recent example of the discrepancies that are possible are the financial statements for SmithKline Beecham found in their annual report for 1997. Despite what one would think would be systems of law and business custom as close as the USA and the UK, that annual report reveals that for 1997 under UK GAAP net income was 1,079 million pounds, while under US GAAP, net income was 828 million pounds. Likewise, for shareholders' funds--equity interests as per UK GAAP 1791 million pounds, while on US GAAP the figure was 4,876 million pounds. While the problem arose mostly due to handling of goodwill, the differences in the figures are astounding.
JAPAN. The above illustration involved accounting in two systems as close
as the US and the UK. Japan is even more unique. While it appears to most
closely resemble the accounting system in Germany (again because of similarities
in legal systems as much of Japan's commercial laws are modeled on their German
counterparts). For example, Japan follows in many ways the German system
of using reserves to increase the financial strength of the company, but
in lowers official reported profits. That also explains in many ways the
stratospheric level of Japanese PERs. The preparation of financial statements
in Japan is covered by Ministry of Finance regulations Copies of translations
of the 1997 version of those regulations can be found below.