TOKYO — Seven months after Japan’s March 11 earthquake, reconstruction efforts continue. The government put the price tag for damages caused by the earthquake at $300 billion, and the cost of rebuilding is increasing. What is the impact of additional spending on Japan’s debt and tax policies? Should the central bank do more or are conditions in place for the economy to recover?

On October 19, Bloomberg LINK will convene government officials, policymakers, finance executives, business leaders, and prominent economists at the JETRO headquarters in Minato-ku to examine the full impact of Japan’s triple disaster and the country’s way forward.

The Bloomberg Japan Conference: Road to Recovery will feature a special address by Japanese Minister Motohisa Furukawa. Among the many themes of the day will be the state of reconstruction, Japan’s energy policy and power supply, and the outlook for Japanese equities, bonds and currency. The conference will also examine the state of the global economy, including the fiscal and debt crisis in the U.S. and Europe, and how these are impacting Japan’s recovery.

Key speakers include:

- Shuhei Abe, President and CEO, SPARX Group Co., Ltd.

- Naohiko Baba, Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.

- Scott Callon, Chief Executive Officer, Ichigo Asset Management, Ltd.

- Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation

- Motohisa Furukawa, Minister of State for National Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan

- Taro Kono, Member of the House of Representatives; Director General, International Bureau, Liberal Democratic Party

- Tomoya Masanao, Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management, PIMCO Japan Ltd

- Takeshi Niinami, President and CEO, Lawson, Inc.

- Eisuke Sakakibara, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University

- Hiromichi Shirakawa, Managing Director, Head of Economic Research Department and Chief Economist for Japan, Credit Suisse

The conference is being sponsored by Chartis and JETRO.

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