TOKYO, June 24, 2020 – Dentsu Public Relations Inc. today announced plans to merge with risk consultancy K&D Consulting Incorporated. Both companies are Dentsu Japan Network (see the note below) agencies. Effective September 1, 2021, K&D Consulting will be absorbed into surviving entity Dentsu Public Relations Inc.

The purpose of this merger is to further strengthen the Dentsu Group’s expertise in the risk consulting field and enhance the value provided to companies and organizations.

In recent years, client needs for risk management consulting have increased significantly. Behind this trend is the diversification of management risks, such as the rising number of digital transformation-related cyber threats, infectious diseases, and human rights and environmental issues; a push to review management practices in light of recent revisions to Japan’s Corporate Governance Code; and the popularization of ESG management. According to a joint survey conducted by Dentsu Public Relation’s in-house thinktank the Corporate Communication Strategic Studies Institute and the University of Tokyo, an increasing number of companies are working to strengthen their risk management initiatives.

Note:    Dentsu Japan Network (DJN) is a company within Dentsu Group Inc. It also refers to the network of approximately 130 Dentsu Group companies in Japan.

About Dentsu Public Relations Inc. Since its founding in 1961, Dentsu Public Relations Inc. has served as strategic partner to a diverse range of companies, governmental bodies and other organizations. Some 350 employees provide clients with comprehensive reputation management solutions, creating new value and building advocacy through approaches including data analysis, insight-driven content design, and targeted information delivery. Dentsu Public Relations Inc. was recognized by the Holmes Report as Japan Consultancy of the Year in both 2009 and 2015, and as North Asia PR Consultancy of the Year in 2018. In 2019, Dentsu Public Relations Inc. was awarded the Grand Prix at the Golden World Awards for Excellence in Public Relations held by the International Public Relations Association.

About K&D ConsultingFounded in 2014, K&D Consulting is a boutique consultancy that provides specialized risk management services that address corporate cybersecurity risks, and consulting on executive communications and advocacy. The company’s team of highly experienced professional consultants offers advanced expertise in risk management communications.


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