Bank of Japan
Head of FinTech Center, Payment and Settlement Systems Department,
Masaki Bessho has been Head of FinTech Center, Payment and Settlement Systems Department, Bank of Japan, since September 2021. He is responsible for research and international affairs, with particular focus on CBDCs and stablecoins. He joined the Bank in 1994 and had experienced various positions including Deputy Chief Representative for Europe (2017-19, London), Head of Financial Infrastructure Studies Division (2015-17). He also served as Representative in Frankfurt am Main (2002-05). He received an LL.M. from the University of Virginia and an LL.B. from Kyoto University. He has been admitted to practice law in the State of New York.