Income Inequality and Redistribution Policy in Japan
Politics of the Economic Crisis Speaker Series
Naokatsu Hikotani (Japan Ministry of Finance)
Date/Time: 04/25/11 at 4:30 pm - 04/25/11 at 6:00 pm
Naokatsu Hikotani is currently a visiting professional specialist at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. He joined Japan’s Ministry of Finance in 1990, serving most recently as staff secretary to the Minister of Finance. Prior to that he worked in the tax bureau where he was involved in policy discussions related to raising the consumption tax and creating tax exemptions for basic-needs good. Hikotani was also in charge of financial regulation during Japan’s 1997 economic crisis. His research at Princeton involves comparative studies on income inequality and redistribution policies and an examination of policy implications and policy options for the fundamental reform of social policy and tax policy in Japan. M.A. Columbia University.