Event Details

Does the post-corona world need international financial cities? With overseas business trips virtually impossible in the near future and people discovering the joy and efficiency of working remotely, it is a legitimate question. While the answer is probably yes, the concept requires a new definition. What are the critical conditions financial hub cities in Asia should have? Are existing cities succeeding in providing what financial communities need and desire? Please join us as we discuss the topic with the following panelists.

Eddie Yue: Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Ryuzo Himino: Vice Minister for International Affairs, Financial Service Agency

Hiroshi Nakaso: Chairman, Daiwa Research Institute

Toshiyasu Iiyama, Deputy President, Nomura Securities

This event will be held online. We will be using Webex, instead of our usual Zoom, to facilitate wider participation. If you are a first time user of Webex, please join online in advance to ensure you have time for additional registration process.

Structure of the Panel (Tokyo Time)

12:00-12:05 Welcome and introduction

12:05-12:45 The first panel "The reason d'etre of financial hub cities post-corona"

12:50-13:20 The second panel "What are the critical infrastructures of financial hub cities in Asia?"

Each session includes 25 minutes of discussion among Panelists and participants

13:20-13:30 Wrap-up and closing remarks

The event is sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Japan


  • Eddie Yue (Chief Executive at Hong Kong Monetary Authority)

    Eddie Yue

    Chief Executive at Hong Kong Monetary Authority

    Mr Eddie Yue was appointed Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) from 1 October 2019. He began his career as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government in 1986. He joined the HKMA upon its establishment in 1993 and was promoted to Division Head a year later. He was appointed Executive Director in 2001 and subsequently Deputy Chief Executive in 2007 before taking up his current position.

    Mr Yue has participated in numerous areas of the HKMA’s work. During his tenure as Deputy Chief Executive, he steered major policies and initiatives relating to reserves management, research, external affairs and market development. Mr Yue was also actively involved in tackling major financial crises and played an instrumental role in enhancing the Linked Exchange Rate System.

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  • Ryozo Himino (Commissioner at Financial Services Agency, Japan)

    Ryozo Himino

    Commissioner at Financial Services Agency, Japan

    Ryozo Himino is the vice minister for international affairs of the Japan’s Financial Services Agency. At the Agency, he supervised banks, insurance companies, broker dealers and audit firms and regulated capital markets during the last two decades. He also served as the secretary general of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision from 2003 to 2006. Ryozo published in Japanese Aristide Maillol, a biography of the French sculptor, and Introduction to I-Ching: What if Confucius reads Sophocles, a book applying the Chinese Book of Fortunes to Greek tragedies. He graduated from the University of Tokyo (LL.M.) and Harvard Business School (MBA).

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  • Hiroshi Nakaso (Chairman at Daiwa Research Institute)

    Hiroshi Nakaso

    Chairman at Daiwa Research Institute

    Mr. Nakaso was appointed Chairman of the Daiwa Institute of Research (DIR) in July 2018 after completing his term as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan. He served as the Deputy Governor of the BOJ since March 2013. In his 39 years at the Bank, his main responsibilities have been crisis management of financial systems and markets focusing on global systems.
    He joined the Bank of Japan in 1978 and he was assigned to the London Representative Office from 1987 until 1989. He dealt with the homegrown financial crisis of the 1990s. He headed the exit operation from the Quantitative Easing Policy, a prototypical unconventional policy that lasted from 2001 to 2006.
    In addition, He played an instrumental role in addressing the Global Financial Crisis together with his peers at major central banks including the FRB.
    He was appointed Chairman of a new organization to promote Tokyo as a global financial center. The new organization is known by its abbreviated name, “FinCity.Tokyo.”

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  • Toshiyasu Iiyama (Representative Director, Deputy President of Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.)

    Toshiyasu Iiyama

    Representative Director, Deputy President of Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

    Toshiyasu Iiyama was appointed Representative Director, Deputy President, Nomura Securities, in April 2020. In June 2019, Mr. Iiyama also took on the role of President & CEO of Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research. He also serves as Head of the China Committee, Nomura Holdings.
    Prior to his current roles, Mr. Iiyama was Head of Asia ex-Japan from April 2015 to March 2017.
    Mr. Iiyama previously served as a Senior Managing Director of Nomura Securities in Investment Banking in Japan with responsibilities for Capital Markets, Syndicate, Solutions and Asset Finance.
    During his career spanning over 30 years with Nomura, he has spent most of the time in the firm’s capital markets business as Executive Vice President of Nomura Securities, Head of Asia Investment Banking, Head of Fixed Income for Asia Pacific and Head of Syndicate before becoming a Senior Managing Director in 2012.
    Mr. Iiyama holds an MBA degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S.A., and a B.A. in Commerce from Waseda University in Tokyo. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

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  • Tokio Morita (Vice Minister for International Affairs at Financial Services Agency, Japan)

    Tokio Morita

    Vice Minister for International Affairs at Financial Services Agency, Japan

  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

    Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

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