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Heizo Takenaka

Professor Emeritus, Keio University Professor, Toyo University
Heizo Takenaka is a professor of Faculty of Policy Management and director of the Global Security Research Institute at Keio University in Japan. He was named to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in 2007. Professor Takenaka's research interest is in economic policy. In 2001, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi named Professor Takenaka the Minister for Economic/Fiscal Policy, in which position he chaired the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy and steered macroeconomic policy. Over the next 5 and a half years, he spearheaded Japan's economic structural reform. In 2002, Professor Takenaka was named the Minister for both Financial Services and Economic/Fiscal Policy. In this capacity, he accomplished the disposal of non-performing loans of Japanese banks, which had hindered the Japanese economy for more than 10 years. In 2004, he was elected to the House of Councilors, and was named the Minister for both Economic/Fiscal Policy and Privatization of the Postal Services. In this capacity, he realized the privatization of Japan Post, the biggest public enterprise in Japan. In 2005, he was named the Minister for both Internal Affairs and Communication, and Privatization of the Postal Services. The following year, Professor Takenaka returned to academia, leaving both the Cabinet and the House of Councilors when Prime Minister Koizumi resigned.
Global Japan
NOV 20, 2018

Implementing Abenomics: Unfinished Business?

Within the first weeks after taking office in late 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe implemented his two arrows of…

Global Japan
NOV 9, 2018

Japan’s Role in Connecting a Fractured World

Strong societal divisions can be seen around the world today. US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy threatens America’s traditional…

Global Japan
OCT 24, 2017

Japan’s Economic Prosperity and Stability: A Role Model?

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump uncovered deep social divisions throughout Europe and the USA. Populist nationalism is trumping…

Global Japan
SEP 30, 2014

Towards 2020: How Should Japan Navigate its Politics and Economy?

By Yoshimasa Hayashi, Heizo Takenaka and Nik Gowing. < Session Title > G1 Global Conference 2014 Plenary Session I Towards 2020: How Should Japan…

Global Japan
NOV 17, 2011

Rebirth of Japan – Panel Discussion 1/2

Japan faces the challenge of balancing growth and social welfare while tackling mounting national debt as the fastest ageing society…

Global Japan
NOV 17, 2011

Rebirth of Japan – Panel Discussion 2/2

Japan faces the challenge of balancing growth and social welfare while tackling mounting national debt as the fastest ageing society…