Japan: Frustrations and Opportunities
A Luncheon Presentation by THIERRY PORTE, Operating Partner, J.C. Flowers & Co., Chairman, Japan-US Friendship Commission & Former President, Shinsei Bank, Japan
Japan has experienced almost two lost decades, much to its own frustration as well as that of its economic and political partners. What are the sources of these frustrations and how can they be explained? What concerns do they pose? What are the opportunities that Japan presents? Why is engagement with Japan more important than ever before?
Thierry Port?? is an Operating Partner of J.C. Flowers & Co., LLC, a private equity firm, Chief Executive Officer of NPG Wealth Management, a Luxembourg-based insurance group, and Chairman and non-Executive Director of Equita, a Milan-based investment bank. He was previously Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shinsei Bank Limited, Tokyo. Port?? has also served in various capacities at Morgan Stanley in New York, London, and Tokyo, including President and Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Japan. In 2009, he was a Research Associate in the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center and the Reischauer Institute at Harvard University. Port?? is Chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. He first moved to Japan in 1983 and resided in Japan for more than 17 years. Port?? received his economics degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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