Tatsuro Shirakawa is a specialist in law and public policy, with extensive experience in global economic collaborations and inventive strategies. Having worked previously with Accenture and now with Ernst & Young as the Director of Strategy, Tatsuro is focused on areas like IT strategy, innovation, and international business, making him a sought-after expert in corporate circles.
A bachelor's in Political Science and Master's in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo, Tatsuro has been involved in research and proposals regarding the economic and industrial policies, such as the expansion of Japanese contribution to the global markets, startup support, innovation, and development of emergent tech, including AI, metaverse, and other Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.
Tatsuro Shirakawa, born in Tokyo in 1988, is a Director at EY Strategy, known for his expertise in international economic collaborations and innovative strategies. His journey from Tokyo to the UK and back has shaped his global perspective, which he applies to create transformative strategies for the public sector.
Tatsuro spent over three years in the UK between 1996 and 1999, laying the foundation for his international outlook. He graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor's degree in Law and a Master's degree in Public Policy. He briefly studied at the University of Cambridge in 2010.
With over six years at Accenture, Tatsuro specialised in strategy and management consulting for the public sector. He crafted strategies that attracted foreign investment, fueled innovation, and facilitated Japanese companies' global expansion.
As a Director at EY Strategy, Tatsuro's fluent business-level English and strategic insights aid foreign companies entering Japan. He played a role in enhancing Tokyo's reputation as a global financial hub by supporting the emerging technologies such as AI, Fintech, Robotics, IoT, companies' establishment.
Tatsuro's research focuses on economic and industrial policies, including innovation, startup support, and the impact of financial industries on the broader economy. His involvement in constructing investment chains underscores his role as a forward thinker.
Tatsuro Shirakawa, as a Director at EY Strategy, continues to drive economic growth in Japan through cross-border collaborations and strategic insights, reflecting his multicultural experiences, academic achievements, and professional journey.
As the Director of ESG Economics Strategy at the Strategic Impact Unit of EY Japan, Tatsuro envisions a future where technology catalyses the realisation of Society 5.0, Japan's ambitious societal framework. Rooted in the principles of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), his vision combines the transformative forces of AI, IoT, and immersive technologies to construct an interconnected metaverse woven into the fabric of smart cities. This metaverse transcends entertainment, serving as an educational, healthcare, and collaborative hub, where citizens are empowered by digital experiences.
Shirakawa's holistic approach strikes a harmonious balance between technological innovation and societal well-being. He foresees AI-driven solutions optimising resource allocation, promoting sustainability, and fostering responsive governance within these smart cities. His expertise as a fintech strategist underscores the importance of leveraging innovative financial technologies in driving economic growth and financial inclusion, all while advancing Japan and the world toward a more inclusive, interconnected, and prosperous future as envisioned in Society 5.0.
Recognition and Awards
- TATSURO SHIRAKAWA | Fintech Japan 2020
- Carbon Neutrality and Digital Transformation in the Japanese tax landscape
- Part of EY ’s ‘Japan Inbound tax’ series of webcasts | EY
- Carbon Neutrality and Digital Transformation | Speakers 2020
- TOKYO FINANCIAL AWARD | TOKYO FINANCIAL AWARD
- Tatsuro Shirakawa Profile | LinkedIn
- EY ’s ‘Japan Inbound tax’ series of webcasts | Ernst & Young Japan