When Abenomics Meets Trump
Join the BCCJ and the ANZCCJ as we host a panel of prominent economists to analyse and discuss American economic policy under the Trump administration, its effects on Japan's economy and the implications for businesses operating in the Japanese market.
Trump's election and potential changes in the regional balance of power resulted in considerable uncertainty and unease among politicians, economists, and the Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) in Tokyo.
President Trump made numerous controversial comments during and after the 2016 election campaign such as the possibility of Japan acquiring nuclear arms, demands that allies pay more for keeping US forces on their soil or face their possible withdrawal, claims that Japan's monetary policy was "currency manipulation", and that the small number of US auto exports to Japan were "unfair".
Trump's abandonment of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact came as a hard blow to Prime Minister Abe. The trade pact would have linked the United States with Japan and 10 other nations, and Abe had invested significant political capital to move the agreement forward.
Intensive consultations, clarification, and cooperation are already underway, most recently with Abe's February meeting with Trump with the aim of forging a joint approach on key regional challenges in a way that opens the door to a new US–Japan strategy.
What form this strategy could take and what the future holds for the Japan-US relationship will be discussed by an expert panel of economists:
Peter Eadon-Clarke Head of Global Economics, Macquarie Commodities and Global Markets
Mr Eadon-Clarke joined Macquarie in 2004 as Tokyo Head of Research, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience on the buy side, mainly in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Prior to Macquarie, Mr Eadon-Clarke was most recently with UBS Trust and Banking in Tokyo as Chief Investment Officer and functional head of Japanese equities for clients worldwide.
Junko Nishioka, Chief Economist, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Ms Nishioka served as Japan economist for the Bank of Japan (2002-2006), ABN AMRO (2007-2008) and RBS Japan (2008-2014) before joining SMBC in 2015. Based on her highly reputed research output and presentation in the markets, Ms Nishioka was ranked top ten Economist at Annual Nikkei Veritus survey for 5 consecutive years (#7 for 2010 and 2011 and #6 for 2012 to 2015) polled by major institutional investors in Japan.
Tetsufumi Yamakawa, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Head of Japan Fixed Income Research, Barclays Japan
Mr Yamakawa has been with Barclays since 2010. Based in Tokyo, he leads the Research Group – comprising economic research, fixed income strategy, non-yen research, and FX research. Before 2010, he spent 16 years with Goldman Sachs, primarily focusing on analyzing the Japanese economy, and co-head of Pan Asia Economics Research. Prior to this, Mr. Yamakawa had a 15-year career at the Bank of Japan.
Our moderator for this event is Debra Hazleton, General Manager, Global Talent Acquisition & Development Department, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. Japan, who is responsible for Mizuho Financial Group’s (MHFG) global Recruitment, Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion and Globalization & Connectivity. Ms Hazleton's previous banking roles include executive positions in International Business Development, Global Financial Markets and Risk Management at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). She also spent ten years in Japan as Treasurer and then Country Head/ General Manager of CBA’s Tokyo Branch.
Join us for lunch and new insights, and participate in this highly topical discussion!
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