Moody’s Credit Trends will focus on credit outlooks and risks for 2019, as well as the longer-term vulnerabilities to watch out for.
The event series will engage key market players – investors, issuers, economists, regulators and credit analysts – and look beyond the headlines to provide a comprehensive
market view for the year ahead.
Building on the success of our annual Credit Outlook conferences over the past years, the new Credit Trends series delivers even more global insights by combining investor, issuer and analyst views on key credit drivers for 2019.
Naoki is a Partner based in Tokyo and leads Oliver Wyman’s business in Japan. Naoki has worked in consulting for about 20 years in Japan after he left Bank of Japan. During his career in the financial industry, he has built profound top management network with leading credit card companies, regional banks and mega banks and other financial institutions. Naoki graduated Waseda University and holds a MA from the Fletcher School of Tufts University.Read Full Bio
Fumiaki is a widely considered among the most knowledgeable bankers in the Japanese electronics industry. Fumiaki began his career as an engineer at Victor JVC. He then began a exceptionally successful career as an research analyst covering Technology, first a Kankau Research, and then later Smith Barney and from 1998 Deutsche Bank, where he also served as Head of Research. After predicting the bursting of the IT bubble in 1999, went on to become one of Japan’s most highly decorated analysts, and was voted the No. 1 securities analyst in Japan for an unprecedented 6 consecutive years by both the Nikkei Shimbun and Institutional Investor. In 2007 he joined Merrill Lynch as a Vice Chairman responsible for TMT investment banking. He is the author of the acclaimed “A Scenario for Realignment of the Japanese Electronics Industry” and "Revitalizing the Japanese Economy by Learning from Mistakes". Fumiaki graduated from the Musashi Institute of Technology (Tokyo).Read Full Bio
Kei Kitayama joined Moody's in 1998. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000 and to Managing Director in 2002. Kei became the head of Moody's Japan office in 2004. In 2011, his responsibilities expanded to cover the Structured Finance Group for Asia Pacific.Read Full Bio
Marie Diron heads the Sovereign Risk Group for Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, responsible for analytical teams covering sovereigns and multilateral development banks in these regions.Marie has worked as Moody’s lead sovereign analyst for a number of Asia Pacific credits, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.Read Full Bio
Christian de Guzman is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officer with Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. Based in Singapore, he covers a portfolio of sovereigns and multilateral development banks in Asia Pacific, including Japan, Korea and a number of Southeast Asian credits.Read Full Bio
Shunsaku Sato is a Vice President and Senior Credit Officerwith Moody’s Financial Institutions Group in Tokyo. His portfolio of responsibilities includesbanks, as well as insurance, securities and finance companies, and government-related institutions.Read Full Bio
Tetsuya Yamamoto is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officerwith the Financial Institutions Group of Moody’s Japan. He covers ratings across a portfolio ofJapanese megabanks, major banks, regional banks, securities firms, government relatedfinancial institutions, and finance companies.Read Full Bio
Graeme Knowd is a Managing Director in the FinancialInstitutions Group managing a team of analysts in Japan and Singapore. The team hasresponsibility for rating financial institutions, including banks, securities firms and other non-bankfinancial institutions in Japan, South and South East Asia.Read Full Bio
Yusuke Seki is an Associate Managing Director in the Japan structured finance group, based in the Tokyo office. He has been working for Moody’s since 2000 and has held a variety of roles and responsibilities. As an Analyst, he had a special emphasis on asset-backed securities (ABS) and collateral debt obligations (CDO). Before working at Moody’s, he worked in the asset management department of a major insurance company. He is a Chartered Member of The Security Analysts Association of Japan as well as a Fellow of The Institute of Actuaries of Japan.Read Full Bio
Mariko Semetko is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investors Service. Currently based in Tokyo, she is responsible as the lead analyst covering both project infrastructure and corporate finance companies, including the Japanese electric and gas utilities and oil and gas companies. Throughout her career at Moody’s, she has covered a wide range of sectors including retail, apparel, beverage, tobacco, packaged goods, durables, and manufacturing, among others, both in the U.S. and Japan. She has extensive experience both in the investment grade and high yield spaces. Mariko transferred to the Tokyo office in 2013 after working in the New York office for seven years. Prior to joining Moody’s, Mariko held several credit positions including at AIG and Mizuho. She holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.Read Full Bio
Motoki Yanase is a Vice President – Senior Credit Officer with the Corporate Finance Group of Moody’s Japan. He is a lead analyst for companies in the Japanese automotive, telecommunications, beverage and construction-machinery industries. Motoki previously held credit positions at Goldman Sachs and Aozora Bank. Prior to these positions, he was an analyst at Moody’s Japan, covering industries including paper, specialty steel and non-ferrous metals. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Keio University in Japan and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.Read Full Bio
Mihoko Manabe assumed the position of Associate Managing Director of Moody’s Japan Kabushiki Kaisha in May 2017. Mihoko manages a team of Corporate Finance and Project and Infrastructure Finance analysts in Tokyo.Read Full Bio