ARCHIVED WEBINAR – COVID-19: Policy, Financial Markets and Business with Yuko Kawai and Leo Lewis
Thursday 16 April 2020
11.00am to 12.00 noon (BST)
Free of charge. Japan Society members only
Booking deadline: Thursday 16 April – 10.00am (BST)
Members are invited to join the second in our webinar series, when Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in discussion by Yuko Kawai, General Manager for Europe for Bank of Japan and Leo Lewis, Tokyo Correspondent of the Financial Times. Please note that the discussion will be held off the record.
In this exceptional but still new socio-economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, governments all around the world have resorted to extraordinary policy measures and direct support packages for citizens and for companies, alongside their varying levels of social restrictions and advice. How should we evaluate and understand the economic policy responses in the UK, Europe and Japan, and their likely impact on the real economy? How is financial market sentiment evolving and how are businesses responding?
Yuko Kawai is the General Manager for Europe for Bank of Japan, the central bank, where she is in charge of research into the economies and financial market/industry developments in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She joined Bank of Japan in 2003 and before her posting to London was Head of its FinTech Centre. She has also served as Kochi branch manager, Head of Foreign Exchange Division, Chief Representative in Hong Kong as well as in the Financial Markets and in the Financial System and Bank Examination Departments. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked in the JPMorgan/Chase/Chemical Bank group taking various roles in the financial market division, most notably dealing and structuring of derivatives products, and subsequently at RPTech, an independent think tank, as a research director. She received an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an LL.B from Kyoto University.
Leo Lewis is a journalist with over 17 years’ experience in North Asia. He is currently a senior Tokyo correspondent for the Financial Times, covering Japan’s corporate world and markets. In this role, since 2015 he has been reporting on a period of great change in corporate Japan, offering wide ranging cultural insights while keeping readers abreast of developments in financial markets. Prior to joining the FT, he spent 12 years with The Times, first as its Tokyo Correspondent and later China Bureau Chief.