Hiromichi Shirakawa joined Credit Suisse Securities (Japan) Limited in April 2006 as Managing Director, Chief Economist and Head of Economic Research Department for Japan. From November 1999 to March 2006, Shirakawa was Chief Economist at UBS Securities Japan. In June 2017, Shirakawa was appointed Vice Chairman of Credit Securities (Japan) Limited in addition to his existing role as Chief Economist for Japan. Shirakawa was ranked runners-up in the 2013 Institutional Investor survey for Japan economics. His team won the Forecast Accuracy Award (ranked No. 1) for Japan’s GDP growth and CPI inflation rates from Consensus Economics (UK) for 2015 and 2016. Shirakawa started his professional career at the Bank of Japan in 1983. He spent about 16 years at the Bank, mainly in charge of research and analysis of money and credit markets. He was a special assistant to the governor in 1997-1998 when the country was in the middle of banking crisis. From 1991 to 1994, Shirakawa was a senior economist at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), based in Paris. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Policy Studies.