The Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) is an association functioning as a self-regulatory organization (SRO) and as an interlocutor for the securities industry. Its legal status is as a Financial Instruments Firms Association authorized by the Prime Minister, pursuant to Article 67-2, Paragraph 2, of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (FIEA). Today JSDA comprises about 500 members consisting of securities firms, banks, and other financial institutions operating securities businesses in Japan.
As a fully empowered SRO, the JSDA extensively regulates market intermediaries. Its self-regulatory functions encompass rulemaking, enforcement, inspection, disciplinary action, accreditation of sales representatives, and dispute mediation.
The JSDA also provides vehicles for policy dialogue among the industry, the government, and other related parties; conducts and promotes investor education; and implements studies to further activate the market.
The Missions of the JSDA are to contribute to the protection of investors by ensuring fair and smooth trading in securities or other transactions by Association Members and to promote the sound development of the Japanese financial instruments business.
Types of Members
Association Members are categorized into three groups:
- Regular Members: Financial Instruments Business Operators conducting the Type I Financial Instruments Business (excluding, however, those who exclusively deal with OTC Financial Futures Derivative Transactions, etc. and those who fall into posterior 3.)
- Specified Business Members: Financial Instruments Business Operators exclusively dealing with the following Type I Financial Instruments Businesses;
(i) Specified OTC Derivatives Transaction, etc.
(ii) Type I Small Amount Electronic Offering Handling Business prescribed in Article 29-4-2, Paragraph 10 of the FIEA.
(iii) Brokerage, etc. for commodity-related market derivatives transactions
- Special Members: Registered Financial Institutions* prescribed in Article 2, Paragraph 11 of the FIEA.
*Those who conduct the registered financial institutions businesses (among the businesses prescribed in Article 33-2 thereof, those set forth in Item 1 of the said Article (excluding those related to the rights that are set forth in each Item of Article 2, Paragraph 2 thereof and regarded as securities prescribed in the said Paragraph), Item 2 (excluding those related to the rights that are set forth in each Item of Article 2, Paragraph 2 thereof and regarded as securities prescribed in the said Paragraph), or Item 3 (limited to those related to the Specified OTC Derivative Transactions, etc.) or Securities, etc. administration business).
As of Dec. 1, 2023, Association Members include 272 Regular Members, 11 Specified Business Members, and 201 Special Members.