Takuji Okubo

Takuji Okubo

Current position
Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors
Financial Markets



Takuji Okubo is the Managing Director and Chief Economist of Japan Macro Advisors. JMA is an independent macro-research house, specializing in the analysis of the Japanese economy and its public policies. The company serves global fortune 500 companies, as well as financial institutions in Japan. Takuji is also the Director of Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers of Japanese financial institutions. In 2017, he also launched India Macro Advisers, based in Bangalore, providing easily accessible and interactive macroeconomic data on India.

Prior to founding JMA, he was the Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and South Korea, and senior economist at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious Inoue scholarship. He also holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. He spent 2 years in the Ph.D program in Finance at UPF before returning to the financial industry. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.


Managing Director and Chief Economist
Japan Macro Advisors
September 2012 – Present

Chief Economist (Tokyo)
Societe Generale
January 2010 – May 2012

Senior Director & Senior Economist
Merrill Lynch
July 2007 – January 2010

Vice President & Senior Economist
Goldman Sachs
April 1997 – March 2003


MBA, Business Administration
2003 – 2004

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
MsC, Economics
2004 – 2005

Master of Business Administration - MBA, Business Administration and Management, General
2003 – 2004

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