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Date : October 2, 2020

How Will the Japanese Economy Recover from the Pandemic? (Dr. Keiichiro Kobayashi, Research Director, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research)

post date : 2020.09.11

With the COVID-19 pandemic having a major impact on the global economy, according to preliminary figures the Japanese GDP for April to June dropped by an annualized 27.8%, its largest decline since World War II. So far, Japan has had a relatively low number of infections and deaths from the pandemic, but Japan’s COVID-19 response will receive renewed attention once a new cabinet is formed and faces the question of how to rebuild the ailing economy while also preventing the spread of infection.


The FPCJ has invited Dr. Keiichiro Kobayashi, Research Director of The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and a member of the Japanese government’s COVID-19 response subcommittee, who frequently comments on topics such as the pandemic response and economic policy, to speak about the situation from the perspective of an economist. Dr. Kobayashi is also a visiting professor at the Keio University Faculty of Economics; a Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry; and Research Director of the Canon Institute for Global Studies.        


*Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be an online press briefing held

  as a Zoom webinar. 


■Date: Oct. 2 (Fri), 2020, 10:00-11:30 (Deadline for application: Noon, Oct. 1)

■Briefer: Dr. Keiichiro Kobayashi, Research Director, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation

■Deadline for application: Noon, Oct. 7

*Note: No reply will be sent confirming your application, but after applying an email will be sent

        before the day of the briefing with details on how to join the briefing.

As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.

*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:

Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by 12:00 noon on October 7.  As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).

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