TAC Young Economists Washington Seminar

Young Economists Washington Seminar
June 22-26, 2009

Washington, D.C.

The Mansfield Foundation, in collaboration with the Tokyo American Center (TAC) at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, hosted a program that involved organizing a visit to the United States for a delegation of six Japanese economists. A week of seminar discussions and on-site visits allowed the participants to get an inside look at the U.S. economic system and to exchange views on important issues impacting the U.S. and Japan. This year’s program included the following participants:

Ken Adachi, Economic Research Team, Corporate Strategy & Research Department, Mitsubishi Corporation

Kazuyori Ito, Lecturer, University of Shizuoka

Junji Kurokawa, Deputy Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Makoto Ono, Senior Economist, Mizuho Research Institute

Takashi Sekiyama, Research Fellow, Tokyo Foundation

Toshihisa Takeuchi, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)


Mansfield Foundation Board Member Norman Mineta welcomes the economists to Washington, D.C.

The economists met with various U.S. government officials and economic experts to discuss topics such as the financial crisis, short- and long-term outlooks for the U.S. economy, U.S.-Japan trade issues, U.S. environmental and energy policies, and U.S.-China trade issues.


Michael Auslin, Director of Japan Studies, and Philip I. Levy, Resident Scholar, discuss U.S.-Japan relations at the American Enterprise Institute


The economists tour the Capitol following meetings with staffers from the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance


The economists attend a meeting at the International Monetary Fund

The economists wrapped up the week-long seminar with a briefing and a farewell reception hosted by Goldman, Sachs and Co., where they mingled with speakers they met over the week, Mansfield Fellows, and various other Asian and economic experts.


Faryar Shirzad, Global Head of Office of Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs & Co., briefs the economists

Past Exchanges:

September 7-13, 2008

Nobuo Iizuka, Director and Senior Economist, Economic Research Department, Japan Center for Economic Research

Tetsuya Ishizuka, Associate Program Officer, Project Division, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Wataru Miyanaga, Deputy Director, Economic and Industrial Research Department, Development Bank of Japan

Hiroyuki Nitta, North America Division, Overseas Research Department, Japan External Trade Organization

Kazumasa Oguro, Research Fellow, Research Department, Institute for International Policy Studies

Shinya Yasumatsu, Senior Economist, Economic Research Department, Mizuho Research Institute

June 12-16, 2006

Aya Iino, Consultant, Economic & Social Policy Dept, Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting
Rieko Nagamachi, Associate Senior Economist, Economic Analysis Dept, Japan Center for Economic Research
Takehiko Seike, Staff, General Administration Bureau, Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
Kazuo Takayasu, Managing Director of Tokyo Branch, Agricreate
Koji Takeuchi, Senior Economist, Economic Research Dept, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd
Kazuo Usui, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies
Takanori Usui, Deputy Director, Economic & Industrial Research Dept, Development Bank of Japan

May 16-23, 2004
Akira Abe, America Division, International Business Dept. NTT Docomo, Inc.
Motomi Hiratsuka, Manager, Stock Sales and Portfolio Trading Dept., BNP Paribas Tokyo Branch
Yosuke Kagabayashi, Deputy Director, Economic & Industrial Department, Development, Bank of Japan
Kunitake Nakamura, Senior Economist, Economic Research Department, Mizuho Research Institute
Kaori Nikami, Economist, Economic Analysis Department, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER)
Tetsuya Nojima, Professional Staff Member, Policy Research Committee, Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
Takeshi Manabe, Legislative Assistant to Kenji Manabe, Member of the House of Councillors, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
Kenichi Oki, Assistant Chief, Economic Exchange Section, Industry Promotion Division, Commerce, Industry & Labor Department, Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Hiroyuki Okuyama, Researcher, Financial Affairs Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau, National Diet Library (NDL)
Takashi Yoshimura, Professional Staff Member, NIPPON KEIDANREN (International Economic Affairs Bureau)

September 16-20, 2002
Hitoshi Koga, Economist, International Dept., Bank of Japan
Akimitsu Fujii, Deputy Director, Economic and Industrial Research Dept., Development Bank of Japan
Takashi Yokouchi, Economic News Writer, Sankei Shinbun
Naoko Ogata, Senior Economist, Economic Dept., Japan Research Institute
Koichi Kurose, Investment Officer, Daiwa Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.
Hironobu Akiyama, Researcher, Sumitomo-Life Research Institute
Koji Yajima, Senior Economist, NLI research Institute
Yoko Nakagaki, Senior Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies
Takeshi Nakano, Deputy Director, Information Service Division, Information Policy Bureau, METI
Hideaki Tanaka, Senior Economist, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance

March 19-23, 2001
Yukari Akeda, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Seikei University
Yumiko Baba, Assistant Professor of Economics, Aoyamagakuin University
Toshiaki Sakuma, Associate Professor of Economics, Reitaku University
Kazutaka Kirishima, Senior Researcher, Sumitomo-Life Research Institute
Takashi Arai, Senior Researcher, Fujitsu Research Institute
Takeshi Suginoo, Researcher, Dentsu Research Institute
Kazunari Yokota, International Reporter, Nihon Keizai Shimbun
Kazuyuki Kinbara, Senior Economist and Group Manager, International Economic Affairs Bureau, Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren)
Yasushi Iwata, Deputy Director, Alcohol Division, Basic Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economic, Trade and Industry
Shin Tanimura, Staff America Division, Research Dept., Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

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