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The International Review of Finance, together with the Nippon Finance Association, is announcing a call for papers for a conference in Tokyo, Japan, and a special issue of the journal. The theme for both the conference and the special issue is:

Japanese Financial Markets: Corporate Finance, Institutions, and Investments

Professor Sheridan Titman, McAllister Centennial Chair in Financial Services, University of Texas at Austin, will join the editors of the journal in organizing the conference and editing the special issue. The conference will be held July 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

The presenting authors of papers selected for the conference will be paid an honorarium of USD $2500 if their home institutions are outside of Japan to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. Travel and accommodation arrangements should be made by participants.

To submit a paper, please email your paper to Ms. Peggy Ng at peggyng@ust.hk and indicate that the submission is for the special issue. No submission fee is required at this stage. Submissions will be desk reviewed and can be rejected without a referee report. Those that pass the desk review will then be eligible for the journal's normal review process, and will be processed further only on payment of the normal submission fee of USD $125.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013.

Authors will be notified no later than April 1 whether their papers are selected for the conference. Selection for the conference indicates a higher likelihood of inclusion in the special issue, but does not guarantee it. Those not selected for the conference will remain in the review process for inclusion in the special issue.