U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative: Bilateral Dialogue Series: “Alliance Perceptions of Central Bank Digital Currencies”

On November 30, Sasakawa USA’s U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative held a Track 1.5 bilateral dialogue, “Alliance Perceptions of Central Bank Digital Currencies.” This off-the-record, virtual event convened policymakers and fintech specialists to exchange views about the current state of the CBDC debate in the United States and Japan, as well as their perceptions of CBDC developments in other countries and their potential implications.

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Central Bank Digital Currencies: Viewpoints from Tokyo and Washington

On December 8, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Robert Dohner, Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council, Mr. Ichiro Oishi, Minister of Financial Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, and Mr. Yasuhiro Yamai, Managing Director of Corporate Planning at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, for a virtual roundtable on central bank digital currencies (CBDC). The panel analyzed key questions surrounding debates by major central banks on the introduction of CBDC, including how the U.S. and Japan could work together on this issue based on viewpoints from both the public and private sectors.

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