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Masaaki Shirakawa

Former Governor, Bank of Japan

Masaaki Shirakawa

Residency: Feb. 17–28, 2014

Public Talk: “Towards Global Coordination of Monetary Policy?”

Residency Summary

During his residency, he met with IR/PS students and faculty, as well as Consul General Jun Niimi and Honorary Consul Kate Leonard. He also gave a public talk titled “Towards Global Coordination of Monetary Policy?” where he discussed opportunities and challenges regarding global monetary policy coordination. He participated in the Economics Roundtable with UC San Diego Department of Economics faculty and spoke before the local San Diego community.


Masaaki Shirakawa was the Governor of the Bank of Japan from 2008 – 2013, and as such shaped the monetary policy of the world’s third largest economy during the global financial crisis. From 2011-2013 he was also director and vice chairman at the Bank of International Settlements. He currently serves as senior advisor and member of the Global Advisory Board at Promontory Financial Group.

In addition, he is a special professor of international politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University. Shirakawa is a member of the “Group of 30,” a private non-profit organization that aims to deepen our understanding of international economic and financial issues.

Shirakawa graduated from The University of Tokyo with a bachelor of arts in economics, and he holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. At BOJ, he held many key positions, including executive director (2002 – 2006).


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