Masaaki Shirakawa, AM ’77

Graduate School of International Politics, Economics, and Communications, Aoyama Gakuin University

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Masaaki Shirakawa was previously governor of the Bank of Japan. He was appointed as governor in April 2008 and left the bank in March 2013. He was also vice chairman of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements since January 2011. Currently, he is professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and also a member of the Group of Thirty. Masaaki Shirakawa joined Bank of Japan in 1972. At the bank, he held key positions, including executive director in charge of monetary policy. Born in 1949, he studied economics at the University of Tokyo (bachelor's) and at the University of Chicago (master's). He assumed professorship at the Kyoto University School of Government from July 2006 to March 2008.