Waseda Business School
(Graduate School of Business and Finance)


KAWAMOTO Yuko, Professor



Professor Kawamoto started her career at Bank of Tokyo. She then joined McKinsey & Company in Tokyo. She also worked in Paris office. She has been Professor of Waseda since 2004. Professor Kawamoto currently serves as independent director of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and as independent audit & supervisory board member of Tokyo Marine Holdings. She is also Trustee Director of Thomson Reuters Founders Company. She used to serve as independent director to Japan Exchange, Risona Bank, Monex Securities, Yamaha Motor and Ito-chu trading company.

Professor Kawamoto has significant expertise in macro-economic and governance issues and has served on a number of Japanese government committees. Recently she was appointed as Member of Public Safety Commission. In the past, for the administration of Prime Minister Koizumi, she joined a committee mandated to lead its major privatization project, as well as worked as advisor to Financial Services Minister Takenaka. Other major appointments include member for pension reform group in the first Abe Cabinet and member of committee on space development policy.

Academic Degrees

MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University (St. John’s college)

B.A. in Social Psychology from University of Tokyo

Selected Publications

“Management of Financial Institutions” (2013, Toyo Keizai)

“Japan’s Economic Woes: It’s About Politics” Global Asia, 2008 winter

“Changing Japan” (2004, Chuo-keizai sha)

“Bank’s Profit Revolution”(2000, Toyo Keizai)

“Why Does the Problem Persist? ‘Rational Rigidity’ and the Plight of Japanese Banks” (co-authored, The World Economy Volume 26, Issue 3,  pages 301–324, March 2003)

Courses in charge

Management of Financial Institutions

US & European financial system and capital markets

Logical thinking and communication


URL of Personal Home Page: www.yuko-kawamoto.jp


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