Naohiro Yashiro is Dean of Global Business Department and Director of the Business Research Institute at the Showa Women’s University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. He has held positions with the Japanese Government’s Economic Planning Agency and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He was president of the Japan Center for Economic Research in 2000, and he was a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee (advisory board on economic policy to the prime minister) from 1998 to 2006 and the Council of Economic and Fiscal Policy (directly appointed by Prime Ministers Abe and Fukuda) from 2006 to 2008.
Yashiro’s areas of research include labor economics, social security and Japanese economy. Some of his recent publications include The Economic Effects of Aging in the United States and Japan, co-edited with Michael D. Hurd (University of Chicago, 1997); Health Care Issues in the United States and Japan, co-edited with David A. Wise (University of Chicago, 2006); “Myth about Japanese Employment Practices: An Increasing Insider–Outsider Conflict of Interests” in Contemporary Japan, vol. 23, no. 2 (2011); and “Human Capital in Japan’s Demographic Transition: Implications for Other Asian Countries” in Human Capital Formation and Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific, edited by Wendy Dobson (Routledge, 2013).