News Release September 19, 2018

News Release: Economist Kiminori Matsuyama Named Foundation’s Chief Scientific Adviser


TOKYO, September 19, 2018 -- The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research <> is pleased to announce the appointment of Northwestern University professor Kiminori Matsuyama as chief scientific adviser. Starting December 2018, he will provide leadership over a two-year term in advancing the Foundation’s research activities.

Matsuyama, a professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University, is an expert in international trade and economic growth and development who has made valuable contributions to elucidating the mechanisms behind macroeconomic instability, structural transformation, and inequality.

He was the 1996 winner of the Nakahara Prize awarded to the best young economist by the Japanese Economic Association. He has been a fellow of the Econometric Society since 1999 and currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory—a leading journal in the field of theoretical economics.

Matsuyama received his BA in international relations from the University of Tokyo in 1980 and his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1987. He became an assistant professor of economics at Northwestern University in 1987, associate professor in 1991, and has been professor since 1995. He was a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008) and the University of Chicago (1993), and was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University (1991).

The Foundation is also happy to announce that Izumi Kadono, former president and professor emeritus of Seisen University, became president of the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research in June 2018. Toshihiko Fukui, president of the Canon Institute for Global Studies and former Bank of Japan governor, was newly elected to the Board of Directors as a nonexecutive member.

Under its new leadership structure with clearly delineated responsibilities for policy research and administrative governance, the Foundation will advance rigorous, evidence-based research and offer concrete policy proposals leading to real-life changes.


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