NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
Prior to his current position, Atsushi Nakajima served as Senior Managing Executive Officer & Chief Economist, Mizuho Research Institute, Ltd. (2004-2011); Executive Officer, Chief Economist & General Manager of Research Division, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. & Executive Officer, Chief Economist of Mizuho Research Institute, Ltd. (2003-2004); Chief Economist of Mizuho Research Institute, Ltd. & Chief Economist & General Manager of Research Division, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. (2002-2003); Chief Economist & General Manager, Research Department, Head Office, the Industrial Bank of Japan Ltd.(IBJ); President, Banque IBJ(France) S.A.; Senior Deputy General Manager, Industrial Research Department, Head Office, IBJ; Senior Manager, International Finance Department, Head Office, IBJ.
Mr. Nakajima graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Faculty of Law.
EDANO Yukio (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI))
Keynote Speech "Revitalizing the Japanese Economy: The way forward"
Angel GURRIA (Secretary-General of the OECD)
Born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico, Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts.
As Mexico's Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico's Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico's economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a "hub" for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform. Under his leadership, OECD has expanded its membership to include Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia and opened accession talks with Russia. It has also strengthened links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with a view to possible membership. The OECD is now an active participant in both the G-8 and the G-20 Summit processes.
Mr. Gurría has participated in various international not-for-profit bodies, including the Population Council, based in New York, and the Center for Global Development based in Washington. He chaired the International Task Force on Financing Water for All and continues to be deeply involved in water issues. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, based in Canada, and was the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council to honour his efforts as a global citizen to promote trans-nationalism, inclusiveness, and a global consciousness.
Mr. Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico), and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom). He speaks: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and some German.
Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
Panelists (in order of appearance)
FUKAO Mitsuhiro (Program Director, RIETI/ Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University)
Mitsuhiro Fukao has been a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Business and Commerce of Keio University in Japan since 1997. His primary fields of expertise are International Finance, Monetary Theory and Corporate Governance.
Previously, he has served as President at Japan Center for Economic Research, Principal Administrator at OECD, and Head of Strategic Research Division at Research and Statistics Department, Bank of Japan.
Mr. Fukao holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI/ Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
Keiichiro Kobayashi is currently Senior Fellow (Adjunct) at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Professor at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Research Director at Canon Institute for Global Studies and Senior Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation.
He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, currently METI) in 1991 and served as Assistant Director (1991-95) and Deputy Director (1998-2001). He was Visiting Fellow at the Research and Statistics Department, Bank of Japan, (2001-02). His research interests are the macroeconomics of the bad debt problem and the banking system, business cycle models, and endogenous growth theory.
He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1998.
Major works: "Forbearance Impedes Confidence Recovery," Journal of Macroeconomics, 2007; "Fiscal Consequences of Inflationary Policies," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 2005
HARAYAMA Yuko (Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD)
Yuko Harayama is the Deputy Director of the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI) where she supports the Director to oversee OECD work on innovation, science and technology policy, business dynamics, information and communication technology policy as well as statistical work associated with each of these areas.
Ms. Harayama is a professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University, presently on leave of absence. In Japan, she served as a Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) at the Cabinet Office and a member of different commissions related to Science and Technology at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Her experience prior to Tohoku University includes being a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Geneva.
Ms. Harayama is a citizen of Japan, holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Geneva.
KADONO Nario (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
Nario Kadono is currently Director of Industrial Structure Policy Division, Director of Economic and Social Policy Office at the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, currently METI) in 1988 and served as Deputy Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau (2000-02); Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau (2002-04); Director General of Commerce, Industry and Labor Department, Oita Prefectural Government (2004-07); Special Assistant to the Director, General Policy Division, Director-General's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (2007-08); Director, Petroleum Refining and Reserve Division, (2008-2009). He was also Consulting Fellow at RIETI until 2004.
Mr. Kadono received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and his MBA from Emory University.
FUJITA Masahisa (President and Chief Research Officer, RIETI / Professor, Konan University / Adjunct Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
Masahisa Fujita previously served as Professor in the Department of Economics / Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Professor of the Institute of Economic Research at Kyoto University; and President of the Institute of Developing Economies - JETRO (2003-2007).
He also served as the President of Japanese Economic Association (2009-2010). He is a member of the Japan Academy (2010-). He holds a PhD in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests are urban economics, regional economics, international trade, and spatial economics.
Major works: Urban Economic Theory , Cambridge University Press,1989; The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade , MIT Press, 1999 (with P. Krugman and A.J. Venables); Economics of Agglomeration: Cities, Industrial Location, and Regional Growth , Cambridge University Press, 2002 (with J. Thisse); Regional Integration in East Asia: From the Viewpoint of Spatial Economics (editor), Macmillan, 2007