Governor, Bank Of Japan (2008-2013)
The Japanese economy
Global economic trends
Masaaki Shirakawa is one of world’s leading experts on the Japanese economy, monetary policy, international finance and macroeconomic trends. He served as Governor of the Bank of Japan from April 2008 to March 2013, having joined the institution in 1972. At the bank, he held a number of other key positions, including executive director in charge of monetary policy and chairman of the policy board. During his tenure as Governor, he also served as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements from 2011 to 2013.
Currently, Shirakawa is professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and also a member of the Group of Thirty, a private, nonprofit, international body composed of senior representatives of the private and public sectors and academia.
Born in 1949, he studied economics at the University of Tokyo (bachelor's) and at the University of Chicago (master's). He held a professorship at the Kyoto University School of Government from July 2006 to March 2008.
PROFESSOR SHIRAKAWA’S TALKS
Masaaki Shirakawa steered the world’s 3rd largest economy through the financial crisis, cementing his reputation as one of the world’s foremost financial policy-makers. He is perfectly placed to provide expert insight on the future of the Japanese economy, macroeconomic trends in east Asia and globally, and the health of the global financial system and its institutions.