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Public Panel Discussion
Abenomics:Economist's Perspectives from Japan and the U.S
(December 19, 2014)


◆US Participants:
 Dr. Adam S. Posen(President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics) ★co-chair
 Dr. Charles Collyns(Managing Director and Economist at the IIF)
 Mr. Peter R. Fisher(Senior Lecturer at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Senior Fellow at the Tuck Center for Global Business and Government)
 Dr. Anil K. Kashyap(the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business)
 Dr. Marcus Noland(Executive Vice President and Director of Studies)
▼Guest Speakers
 Dr. Lee Branstetter(a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University)
 Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy(the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics)
(※alphabetical order except co-chair)

◆Japanese Participants
 Dr. Motoshige Itoh(Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo)★co-chair
 Dr. Takatoshi Ito(Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS))
 Mr. Kiyoto Ido(Vice Chairman, Institute for International Economic Studies)
 Mr. Hideichi Okada(Senior Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation)
 Dr. Masahiro Kawai(Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo)
 Mr. Koji Tanami(Advisor, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.)
 Dr. Hiroshi Yoshikawa (Professor, Faculty of Economics University of Tokyo)
 Mr. Jiro Hanyu(Chairman, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF))
▼Guest speakers
 Mr. Toshiya Tsugami(President, Tsugami Workshop Ltd., an independent
China business consulting firm)
(※alphabetical order except co-chair)

In June this year, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation began hosting a series of US-Japan Economic Forums as a means to promote strategic discussion, at the private sector level, of issues in US-Japan economic policy. The first forum featured a number of invited experts on US-Japan economy. Following the first forum in Washington in June 2014, a second forum is to be held (*not open to the public) on the 18th and 19th of December. Starting at 14:00 on the 19th (Fri), a public panel discussion (details given below) will be held at the Nippon Foundation building in Tokyo.

 The first forum was characterized by lively debate, both in the closed session and the public panel discussion, on five themes: productivity, long-term financial sustainability, effectiveness of fiscal policy and public investment, TPP negotiations and the related outlook, and monetary policy under long-term economic downturn.

 Recently in Japan, the House of Representatives has been dissolved and the country is in the midst of national elections, in which the issue of Abenomics will play a pivotal role. Accordingly, the time is right to set Abenomics as the core topic for discussion at the upcoming US-Japan Economic Forum, where leading economics experts from the US and Japan will debate the issues at hand. The invited guests to the forum from the US are seven leading economists centering on the Washington-based opinion leader in US-related economics Adam Posen (director of the US Peterson Institute for International Economics), while from Japan, eight economists working at the forefront of their field, including Motoshige Itoh, chairman of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy and professor at the graduate school of the University of Tokyo will be invited to attend the event, which promises to be a highly specialized but also practical discussion of Abenomics.

 The objective of this forum is to provide valuable information to those active in the field as well as a broad range of the general public, and to help to us better understand our chaotic world from the point of view of the US-Japan economy. We hope you will join us for this informative event.

Public Panel Discussion
Abenomics:Economist's Perspectives from Japan and the U.S
Dates & Time
Friday, December 19, 2014, 14:00-16:30 (Registration opens at 13:30)
The Nippon Zaidan Building
1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-8404, Japan(MAP
2nd Floor, Conference Room
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
14:00-14:10 Welcome Remarks by Junko Chano, Executive Director of SPF and Adam Posen, President of PIIE

Part I: Abenomics

Motoshige Itoh

Adam Posen (Moderator)

Charles Collyns, The Institute for International Finance

Takatoshi Ito, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Hiroshi Yoshikawa, University of Tokyo

Q & A


Part II: Global Economy

Masahiro Kawai, University of Tokyo (Moderator)

Nicholas Lardy, Peterson Institute

Kiyoto Ido, Institute for International for Policy Studies

Hideichi Okada, NEC Corporation

Peter Fisher, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College


Concluding Remarks

Motoshige Itoh and Adam Posen
16:30 End

★Speakers are subject to change.

Simultaneous Japanese-English translation will be provided.
Admission is free. Registration is required. Seats will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. Parking spaces are limited. Should you require a parking space, please notify us in advance.
Should you wish to participate, please register from this page by 17:00 on Wednesday, December 17th.


Kie Nakahama(Ms) and Mika Sekiguchi(Ms)
Tel: 03-6229-5484