Masaaki Shirakawa Professor Aoyama Gakuin University

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Masaaki Shirakawa is the former Governor of the Bank of Japan. He was appointed as Governor in April 2008 and left the Bank in March 2013. He was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) between January 2011 and March 2013. Currently, he is Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and a member of the Group of Thirty.

Masaaki Shirakawa joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. His career encompassed both monetary policy and financial stability. He held key positions including the one of Executive Director responsible for laying the groundwork of Japanese monetary policy decisions.

Born in 1949, Masaaki Shirakawa studied economics at the University of Tokyo (B.A. in 1972) and at the University of Chicago (M.A. in 1977). From July 2006 until March 2008, he was Professor at the Kyoto University School of Government.