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Is COVID an economic disaster for Japan?

Tuesday 09 Jun 15.00 - 16.00

The streets are empty, the tourists have stopped coming, consumer and business confidence have both collapsed - it all looks grim for Japan. Hit by a collapse in global and domestic demand, with supply chains disrupted and no certainty on when the crisis will abate let alone what shape recovery will look like, Japan has a whole series of problems to contend with. Add to that a volatile global political leadership and the stress levels rise still further.

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Written by Noriko Mita

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The streets are empty, the tourists have stopped coming, consumer and business confidence have both collapsed – it all looks grim for Japan. Hit by a collapse in global and domestic demand, with supply chains disrupted and no certainty on when the crisis will abate let alone what shape recovery will look like, Japan has a whole series of problems to contend with. Add to that a volatile global political leadership and the stress levels rise still further.

How to make sense of all of this and think about Japan’s prospects?

That is the challenge facing our speaker today – Takuji Okubo, Director, Economist Corporate Network, North Asia, who will provide his informed insights on the current state of play in Japan and the prospects for the economy, business and politics in Japan and around the world. Moderating and shedding further light in this insightful session, we will also welcome Naomi Davies, Economic Counsellor at British Embassy Tokyo.

 

Speakers

 

Takuji Okubo | North Asia Director, Economist Corporate Network

Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

Naomi Davies | Economic Counsellor, The British Embassy in Tokyo [Moderator]

Naomi Davies became Counsellor, Economic at the British Embassy in Tokyo in April 2019.  In this role she leads the embassy’s work on Economics and Financial Services. Prior to this, and with over a decade of experience in the public sector, she has worked in a variety of roles in HM-Treasury, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, focusing on economic and public spending analysis and advice, EU policy, and international economics.

2006 – 2008: Working for the Government of Sierra Leone
2008 – 2010: HM-Treasury: Energy, Environment and Agriculture Team
2010 – 2012: FCO: Overseas Territories Directorate Economics and Public Finances
2012 – 2014: HM Treasury: EU Institutions and Policies
2014 – 2016: HM Treasury: Strategy Planning and Budgets
2017 – Present: FCO: language training and British Embassy Tokyo

Naomi Davies became Counsellor, Economic at the British Embassy in Tokyo in April 2019.  In this role she leads the embassy’s work on Economics and Financial Services. Prior to this, and with over a decade of experience in the public sector, she has worked in a variety of roles in HM-Treasury, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, focusing on economic and public spending analysis and advice, EU policy, and international economics.

2006 – 2008: Working for the Government of Sierra Leone
2008 – 2010: HM-Treasury: Energy, Environment and Agriculture Team
2010 – 2012: FCO: Overseas Territories Directorate Economics and Public Finances
2012 – 2014: HM Treasury: EU Institutions and Policies
2014 – 2016: HM Treasury: Strategy Planning and Budgets
2017 – Present: FCO: language training and British Embassy Tokyo