Update : Apr. 18, 2012
On November 11, 1999, Tokyo Stock Exchange established a new market named Mothers (market of the high-growth and emerging stocks), in order to provide venture companies access to funds at an early stage of their development and to provide investors with more diversified investment products.
Listing criteria for foreign companies seeking a listing on Mothers were introduced on November 1, 2000, almost exactly a year after Mothers was first established. TSE expects this move will allow foreign venture companies to raise capital and their corporate profile in Japan, while also allowing Japanese investors access to a wider range of investment opportunities.