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Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Abenomics - Controversy, Progress, and Prospects

Event | 15 October 2013 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


The so-called Abenomics platform of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a policy package consisting of three arrows: aggressive monetary policy; flexible fiscal policy; and growth strategy. This seminar will assess the progress of Abenomics, examine major controversies over each arrow of the policy package, and evaluate the prospects of the policy package.


Takatoshi Ito is a professor of economics and Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. He has taught extensively in the United States and Japan, including at the University of Minnesota, Hitotsubashi University, Columbia Business School, and Harvard University. Ito also served as senior advisor in the Research Department, IMF (1994–1997) and as Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Japan (1999–2001). He is an author of many books including The Japanese Economy, The Political Economy of the Japanese Monetary Policy, and Financial Policy and Central Banking in Japan, and more than 50 academic journal articles on international finance and the Japanese economy. He was president of the Japanese Economic Association in 2004. He served as a member of the Prime Minister's Council of Economic and Fiscal Policy from 2006 to 2008. He was awarded the national Medal with Purple Ribbon in June 2011.


Policymakers, academics, and the general public.