Ex-BOJ governor named NUS Business School distinguished visiting fellow

Japan's former top central banker, Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, has been appointed a distinguished visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. -- PHOTO: AFP
Japan's former top central banker, Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, has been appointed a distinguished visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Japan's former top central banker, Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, has been appointed a distinguished visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School.

The faculty announced on Thursday that Mr Shirakawa, a former governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), will take on the role from August 25 to September 10.

He is also a Special Visitor under the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Eminent Visitor Programme.

During his visit, Mr Shirakawa will take part in discussions at the MAS and will share his insights via seminars, talks and dialogues with faculty members, students and the business community.

He was the 30th BOJ governor between April 2008 and March 2013 and had spent four decades at the central bank after first joining in 1972.

Since leaving the BOJ last year, Mr Shirakawa has been made a Special Professor of International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University.

He is also a member of the Group of Thirty, a private, non-profit, international body composed of senior private and public sector leaders including Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

The group aims to deepen the understanding of international economic and financial issues.

The dean of the NUS Business School, Professor Bernard Yeung, said in a statement: "We are deeply honoured to welcome Mr Shirakawa to NUS Business School.

"Given his experience in guiding monetary policy in the world's third-largest economy and his distinguished career at BOJ, we have much to learn from him."

Mr Shirakawa joins Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, a former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, as one of two Distinguished Visiting Fellows at NUS Business School this year.