A graduate of the University of Tokyo (Economics), Mr. Yamaguchi joined the Bank of Japan in 1964 as a staff economist. In the ensuing years at the Bank, he spent most of his career in policy planning and policy-related research area.
His experiences at senior management level included being Bank of Japan’s Chief Representative in New York from 1989 to 1991, Director of Research and Statistics from 1991 to 1992, and Director of Policy Planning from 1992 to 1996.
He was appointed Executive Director in 1996 and Deputy Governor in April 1998. He retired from the Bank in March 2003 when the five-year term as Deputy Governor ended.
During the Deputy Governor years, he expanded his activity in Japan and abroad. He joined among others the Group of Thirty and Keizai Doyukai (one of the leading business groups in Japan). He is still active in these groups. He also chaired the Committee for the Global Financial System, a Basel-based committee of senior central bankers, for five years through March 2003.
Mr. Yamaguchi currently advises Japanese and international firms on economic and policy developments. He frequently gives speeches at various forums.