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Research Presentations (session 3 of 5) - Akai, Inoshita, and Chen



Hiroto Akai, Ministry of Finance, Japan
Takahito Inoshita, Kozo Keikaku Engineering
Michelle Chen, Yongjin Group

Date and Time

May 14, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM



RSVP required by 5PM May 10.


Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, 3rd Floor
616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305

The formate of this presentation is each of the three speakers will have approximately 15 minutes to present their research.  This will be followed by a short period of 5-10 minutes for any questions or comments from the audience.

In this session of the Corporate Affiliates Research Presentations, the following will be presented:


Hiroto Akai, Ministry of Finance, Japan, "New Trends of Corporate Finance in Japan and the Role of Corporate Governance"

After the launch of the Abe administration, the Japanese economy has been prospering thanks to a vibrant global economy and weaker yen.  In the wake of economic upswing, Japanese corporate profit increased to record-high level.  However, some economists argue that most Japanese corporations used increased profit to accumulate cash holding but they did not increase investment and dividend payment.  In his research, Akai characterizes the behavior of Japanese corporations in recent years using corporate financial data and clarifies the relationship with their corporate governance which is one of the most progressive policy areas in the Abe administration.  Akai also tries to develop the model to explore quantitatively the determination of corporate behavior.


Takahito Inoshita, Kozo Keikaku Engineering, "How Can Cities Identify Policy Needs by Using Natural Language Data"

Obtaining intelligence from large amount of data is getting more and more common in a variety of domains as information technology evolves and everyone has access.  Particularly in commercial sectors, many companies try to capture their customers' thoughts.  In public sectors, it is also important to know what their citizens think, prefer, want and need in order to improve their communities.  In his research, Inoshita examines how to make sure of information technology in the public policy domain, with a focus on extracting intelligence from natural language data generated by humans.


Michelle Chen, Yongjin Group, "Chinese Fintech Market Research Balance Transfer Business"

Due to the shift in Chinese economic structure from an investment-driven model towards a consumption-driven model, an increase in outstanding balance of China personal consumption loan, more digital adoption, and innovation through technology development, the Chinese Fintech market is booming in recent years.  It presents immense opportunities for financial players. New business models are observed across the key areas in the financial services industry in China, such as online asset trading, online consumer finance, P2P, online investment, etc.  In her own experience, Chen has the opportunity to observe various Chinese Fintech start-up companies and do some research and investment.  One of her own investments, Samoyed Financial, provides online credit card repayment service in China.  In this research presentation, Chen shares her knowledge gained regarding the Chinese online credit card repayment market based on due diligence and first-hand observation.