Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa
Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa (白川 方明 Shirakawa Masaaki?, born September 27, 1949) is a Japanese economist, central banker and the 30th Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ). He is also a Director and Vice-Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).[1]


Early life

Shirakawa was born in Fukuoka.[2]and he graduated from high school in Kokura

In 1972, he was awarded a B.A. degree at the University of Tokyo. In 1977, he earned an M.A. in Economics at the University of Chicago.[3]


Shirakawa joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. His varied assignments at the bank included a period as General Manager at the Ōita branch. For a time, he was General Manager for the Americas at the bank's office in New York.[3]

Shirakawa joined the faculty of the graduate school of public policy at Kyoto University in 2006. He returned to BOJ in 2008.[3]

His nomination to be Governor of the Bank was approved on April 9, 2008. Masaaki ranks 6th on the world's most powerful by Newsweek along with economic triumvirs Ben Bernanke (4th) and Jean-Claude Trichet (5th).[4]

Shirakawa's mandate is "to respond to changes in circumstances in a flexible and timely manner" in a way which can contribute to the sustainable growth and development of Japan.[5] In other words, this means that the role of the head of the BOJ is to effect price stability in Japan and to ensure stability of the financial system.

Selected works

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Masaaki Shirakawa, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 10+ works in 20+ publications in 3 languages and 110+ library holdings .[6]

  • The Monetary Approach to the Balance of Payments and the Exchange Rate: an Empirical Study of Japan's Case (1980)
  • 図說日本銀行 (1993)
  • Financial Market Globalization: Present and Future (1997)
  • The Asset Price Bubble and Monetary Policy: Japan's Experience in the Late 1980s and the Lessons (2000)
  • "One Year Under 'Quantitative Easing' " (2002)
  • Japan's Deflation, Problems in the Financial System and Monetary Policy (2005)


This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2008-04-08 of the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.
  1. ^ Bank for International Settlements (BIS), "BIS Board Appoints Masaaki Shirakawa as Vice-Chairman," 11 January 2011.
  2. ^ Bank of Japan (BOJ), List of Governors
  3. ^ a b c BOJ, 30th Governor
  4. ^ Samuelson, Robert J. (December 20, 2008), "Economic Triumvirate", Newsweek, 
  5. ^ Nihon Ginkō. (2009). Annual review, p. 7.
  6. ^ WorldCat Identities: Shirakawa, Masaaki

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Preceded by
Toshihiko Fukui
Governor of the Bank of Japan
Succeeded by

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