"Tumultuous Times" by Masaaki Shirakawa

Tumultuous Times Central Banking in an Era of Crisis Masaaki Shirakawa

Series:
Yale Program on Financial Stability Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
28 Sep 2021
ISBN:
9780300258974
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
536 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
47 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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A rare insider’s account of the inner workings of the Japanese economy and the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy by a career central banker

The Japanese economy, once the envy of the world for its dynamism and growth, lost its shine after a financial bubble burst in early 1990s and slumped further during the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. It suffered even more damage in 2011, when a severe earthquake set off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. However, the Bank of Japan soldiered on to combat low inflation, low growth, and low interest rates. In many ways, the challenges it faced served as a laboratory for actions taken by central banks in other parts of the world. Masaaki Shirakawa, who led the bank as governor from 2008 to 2013, provides a rare insider’s account of the workings of Japanese economic and monetary policy during this period and how it challenged mainstream economic thinking.
 

Masaaki Shirakawa is distinguished professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and was governor of the Bank of Japan from 2008–2013 and vice chairman of the board of directors of the Bank for International Settlements from 2011–2013.