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Asian Investment Conference 2021

Hiro Shirakawa

Vice Chairman and Chief Economist, Japan, Credit Suisse

Hiro Shirakawa

Hiro Shirakawa is Vice Chairman and Chief Economist, Japan at Credit Suisse.

He ranked runner-up in the 2013 Institutional Investor survey and ranked fourth in the 2011 Bloomberg Best Forecaster survey. His team was ranked #1 in the 2015 Forecast Accuracy Award for Japan’s GDP and inflation from Consensus Economics. He has authored several books on economics and policy analysis, including his latest publication, An isolated central bank: Bank of Japan (Kodansha, 2014).

Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2006, Mr. Shirakawa was Chief Economist for Japan at UBS Securities. For 16 years from 1983, Mr. Shirakawa worked at the Bank of Japan (BoJ) as Economist and Senior Administrator. Whilst at the BoJ, he was seconded as Economist to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 1991-1994. During the domestic financial crisis of 1997-1998, he was a special assistant to the governor.

Mr. Shirakawa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Keio University and undertook studies towards a doctoral course in Finance at the University of Washington's Graduate School of Business. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Policy Studies from the Kato School at the Chiba University of Commerce.