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Strengthening Financial Systems in Asia: Considering How Japanese Institutions Can Contribute While Benefitting its Society

Lunchtime Talk


We have seen a series of policy efforts to strengthen financial systems in Asia in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis twenty years ago. As a result, financial systems in Asia appear sound and resilient, but there remain challenges in certain areas. Advancing the performance of financial systems would require additional policy efforts. In this context, how does the Government of Japan join continued efforts to address such challenges? How about Japanese private financial institutions? The main question to be asked is how the Government of Japan and Japanese financial institutions could contribute to strengthening financial systems in Asia in a way that is also beneficial to Japan. At the macro-level, Japan as a mature creditor nation needs to seek investment returns to sustain levels of income in its ageing society. Then, what are the prerequisites for the objective at the micro-level? My proposal is to consider the issue by asking how a public-private partnership approach to financial systems could be successful in achieving dual goals for Japan (a) to contribute to upgrading Asia’s financial systems, and (b) to sustain levels of national income in its ageing society.

Mr Toshiro Nishizawa

Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo

Immediately prior to his current position, Mr Toshiro Nishizawa was Professor at the GraSPP (2013-15) after serving as Director General of Country Credit Department at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Deputy Director General of JBIC Institute (the research department) and Director of Asia Department II at the Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF). He was involved in JBIC’s country operations as Deputy Director General of International Finance Department I (Asia and Oceania) (2004-06) and served as Chair of the UNEP FI Asia Pacific Task Force Outreach Group (2005-06). He held various positions including: loan officer at the Export-Import Bank of Japan; researcher in the Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; economist in the Policy Development and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and advisor in the Private Sector Development Department of the World Bank. Mr. Nishizawa was a guest lecturer and professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) of Osaka University (2004-14). He was also a part-time lecturer to teach PPPs at GraSPP (2010-13) and invited as a visiting professor by Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and by the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (EAESP-FGV) in Brazil, both in 2014. Mr. Nishizawa holds a BA in Latin American studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (1982), a BA in economics from the University of Tokyo (1984) and an MSc in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988).

Chair Person:

Dr Tomoo Kikuchi, Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Seminar Room 2-2,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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