ARCHIVED Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill
Tuesday 28 June 2022
12.00 noon (BST)
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Free – Donations Welcome
We are delighted to inaugurate a new regular quarterly webinar in our series on business and current affairs, Japan Macro Salon with Jesper and Bill. Each quarter, our chairman Bill Emmott will team up with Jesper Koll, longtime Tokyo resident and one of the most keenly watched economists and investment strategists in that town, to discuss what's new in the Japanese economy, business, financial markets and more. Each quarter, Jesper and Bill will open with a conversation about the latest trends that have caught their attention, whether it be the yen, GDP growth, corporate battles, new reforms or something else entirely, and then will welcome a special guest each time to focus on a topic of the moment. All the while, they will be interacting with questions from the audience. These webinars will be run in association with Asia Society Tokyo.
We are delighted to welcome as our first guest for these events, Yumiko Murakami of MPower Partners. Former head of OECD Tokyo and member of Prime Minister Kishida's panel on "the new Form of Capitalism", Yumiko's views on the current situation in Japan are particularly valuable.
Jesper Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. Over the past two decades, Jesper has been consistently recognized as one of the top Japan strategists/economists, having worked as Chief Strategist and Head of Research for U.S. investment banks J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. He currently serves as Expert Director for the Monex Group and the Japan Catalyst Fund (Japan’s 1st retail investor based corporate engagement/activist fund). His analysis and insights have earned him a position on several Japanese government and corporate advisory committees, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s Advisory Board. Jesper serves as Board Director of OIST, the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology and is a Founder and Board Director of the Asia Society Japan and heads their Policy Committee. He is one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives; and serves on the board of several Japan-based start-ups. He has written three books in Japanese and, in 2021, created the acclaimed video/pod-cast series Japan - Capitalism that works. Jesper is an economist, angel-investor, patron; and yes, a Japan Optimist.
Yumiko Murakami is the former head of the OECD Tokyo Centre. Prior to the OECD, she worked for 20 years in the global financial industry, mostly as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York, London and Tokyo. She is a leading authority on a wide range of economic policy issues such as corporate governance, tax guidelines, diversity, education, trade and innovation. She sits on several Government advisory panels, including Prime Minister Kishida’s panel on “the New Form of Capitalism”. Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard Business School, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University
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