ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

September 13, 2004

Osamu Takemoto

Chief Representative
Bank of Japan Representative Office
Washington, D C

to speak

"Japan's Economy and Monetary Policy: Issues and Outlook"

ICAS Fall Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
October 8, 2004 Friday
University of Pennsylvania* (* a specific venue tba)

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share with you that Osamu Takemoto will present "Japan's Economy and Monetary Policy: Issues and Outlook" at the ICAS Fall Symposium 2004.

Osamu has been Chief Representative of the Bank of Japan in Washington, D.C., since May 2002.

He began his career at the Bank of Japan in 1985. Upon joining the Bank, his main responsibilities were to analyze the activities of Japanese banks and coordinate the Bank of Japan's on-site and off-site monitoring; exchange views and advise banks on how to help stabilize the financial system; and interview CEOs of blue-chip, as well as small and medium-sized firms, to better assess the condition of the business sector. Osamu was also responsible for explaining to the press the policies of the Bank and the current condition of business/banking sectors.

In 1997, Osamu attended an UNCTAD forum as a panelist on Financial Disclosure by Banks. He was also seconded to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) from 1991 to 1993, where Osamu was involved in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations and in various GATT issues.

Osamu was born on February 6, 1963, in Aichi, Japan. He received a B.A. in law from Tokyo University in 1985 and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, in 1991.

Other confirmed speakers, to date, include Thomas Byrne (ICAS Fellow; Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions and Sovereign Group, Moody's Investors Service), Chuck Downs (ICAS Fellow; Author, Over the Line: North Korea's Negotiating Strategy), Lawrence R Klein (ICAS Distinguished Fellow; Benjamin Franklin Professor of Economics Emeritus University of Pennsylvania; Nobel Laureate) and C Kenneth Quinones (Director, Korean Peninsula Programs, International Action). Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow