Japanese Economy: Myth, Reality and Challenges for Policy Makers and Academics


Thursday, December 5, 2013, 11:45am to 1:00pm


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building

Masaaki Shirakawa, Governor of the Central Bank of Japan (2008-2013)
Introduction by Lucas Papademos, former Prime Minister of Greece

About the speaker:
Mr. Shirakawa served as Governor of the Bank of Japan from 2008 to March 2013. He served as Vice Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) from January 2011 to March 2013. Mr. Shirakawa joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. His career encompassed monetary policy and financial stability, and he held key positions, including Executive Director in charge of monetary policy. Mr. Shirakawa holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Currently, Mr. Shirakawa is a professor at Aoyama-Gakuin University in Tokyo.

Cosponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
For questions, contact Melissa D’Anello at Melissa_DAnello@hks.harvard.edu