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Fourth Annual Conference of the Japan Economy Network held at the Bank of Japan in Tokyo

16 September 2019

The Japanese central bank hosted the Fourth Annual Conference of the Japan Economy Network at its headquarters in Tokyo on 26-27 August 2019. Over two days, 22 papers were presented in various sessions covering labour economics, monetary economics and inflation dynamics, international trade and investment, depopulation and city shrinkage, capitalism and well-being, and equity markets.

The conference also featured a panel discussion on monetary policy challenges and a special session on sustainable finance in Japan. Professor Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute and Emeritus Professor at Keio University, delivered a keynote speech on “An Aging Population and the Declined Effectiveness of Monetary and Fiscal Policy”.

This year, three academics from the SOAS Department of Economics – Satoshi Miyamura, Jan Toporowski and Ulrich Volz – as well as SOAS Economics PhD student Simon Dikau presented their work at the conference.

The Japan Economy Network was established in 2015 to promote research on the Japanese economy in comparative perspective and facilitate exchange between researchers with an active research interest in the Japanese economy. It is an informal network open to researchers from academia, think tanks, international organisations, central banks, governments, NGOs and the private sector. The Japan Economy Network is hosted by the Department of Economics of SOAS University of London. For further information on the network or to become a member visit: https://www.soas.ac.uk/jen/

Group photo from the Fourth Annual Conference of the Japan Economy Network.

From left to right: Ulrich Volz, Jan Toporowski, Satoshi Miyamura and Simon Dikau at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Japan Economy Network.