Hiromichi Shirakawa joined Credit Suisse in spring 2006 as Chief Economist for Japan. He ranked runners-up in the 2013 Institutional Investor survey and ranked fourth in the 2011 Bloomberg best forecaster survey. His team won the 2015 Forecast Accuracy Award (ranked No. 1) for Japan’s GDP and inflation from Consensus Economics. He has authored several books on economics and policy analysis, including "An isolated central bank: Bank of Japan” (Kodansha, 2014), his latest publication. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Hiromichi was Chief Economist for Japan at UBS Securities. For 16 years from 1983, Hiromichi worked at the Bank of Japan (BoJ) as an economist and a senior administrator. During the domestic financial crisis of 1997-98, he was a special assistant to the governor. Whilst at the BoJ, he was seconded as an economist to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris over 1991-1994. Hiromichi holds a BA 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 PhD in Policy Studies from the Kato School at the Chiba University of Commerce.