President and CEO, Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd.; Former Vice Minister of Finance, Japan

Makoto Utsumi

About the Speaker

Mr. Makoto Utsumi is a President and CEO, Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. He was a President at Japan Center for International Finance (2001- May, 2004), a professor at the Faculty of Business and Commerce of Keio University, Tokyo, Japan (1992-2000). Mr. Utsumi had previously worked for Japan’s Ministry of Finance from 1957 to 1991, and held various positions including Director General of the International Finance Bureau and Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs. He also served as Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. During his career with the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Utsumi represented the Japanese government in various international negotiations including G7 meetings, the preparation of the Plaza Accord, U.S.-Japan Structural Impediment Initiative and Latin American Debt Problem in the late 1980s. Mr.Utsumi was awarded Policy Maker of the Year by International Economy Magazine in 1989. He was also awarded Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur from France in 2007, the insignia of Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold?from Belgium in 1997, Order of the Aztec Eagle from the United States of Mexico in 1990 and “ Orden del Libertador San Martin” Gran Cruz from Argentina in 1992. Mr. Utsumi graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1957.