METI-RIETI Symposium

Next Actions for the Japanese Economy in Recovering from the 3.11 Disaster


One year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, in addition to the existing budget deficit, Japan now faces issues such as the strong yen and the hollowing out of the industry, deflation, and power shortages. Furthermore, the European sovereign debt crisis has caused the global financial markets to destabilize and emerging markets to slow down due to decreased foreign demand. Despite these developments, expectations are growing internationally for a Japanese economic recovery.

In this symposium, we welcome Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Mr. Yukio Edano, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (TBC), and discuss what actions Japan should take in achieving recovery and economic growth from the aspect of creating new industries and markets through innovation and monetary and fiscal policies.


  • Time and Date: 17:00-18:50, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • Venue: Iino Hall and Conference Center (2-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Support: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tokyo Centre, Nikkei Inc.
  • Contact: RIETI, (Ms.) Tomoko HARADA
    Tel: 03-3501-8398 / Fax: 03-3501-8416

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17:00 - 17:05 Opening Remarks

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

17:05 - 17:15 Welcome Remarks

EDANO Yukio (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI))

17:15 - 17:45 Keynote Speech "Revitalizing the Japanese Economy: The way forward"

Angel GURRIA (Secretary-General of the OECD)

17:45 - 18:45 Panel Discussion

Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

Panelists (in order of appearance)

FUKAO Mitsuhiro (Program Director, RIETI/ Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University)

KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI/ Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

HARAYAMA Yuko (Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD)

KADONO Nario (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

18:45 - 18:50 Closing Remarks

FUJITA Masahisa (President and Chief Research Officer, RIETI / Professor, Konan University / Adjunct Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

*Agenda is subject to change