Jesper Koll
Jesper Koll
Global Ambassador & Expert Director, Monex Group Japan

Mr. Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident of the country in 1986. Over the past two decades, he has been recognized as one of the top Japan strategists/economists, having worked as chief strategist and head of research for major US investment banks JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch. He currently serves as expert director for the Monex Group and the Japan Catalyst Fund investment committee. His analysis and insights have earned him a position on several Japanese government and corporate advisory committees, including Governor Yuriko Koike’s Advisory Board.

Mr. Koll serves as Board Director of the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology and is a founder of the Asia Society Japan and heads their Policy Committee. He is one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, and has written three books in Japanese. In 2021, he created the video/pod-cast series “Japan - Capitalism That Works.”

He has a masters degree from the School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at both Tokyo University and Kyoto University. He is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific.

Mr. Koll is an economist, strategist, angel investor, patron, producer, and yes, a Japan optimist.

Does Every Company Need a Human Economist?

AI may be unparalleled at crunching numbers, but is that all it takes to replace a human economist? Jesper Koll weighs in on the issue.
AI may be unparalleled at crunching numbers, but is that all it takes to replace a human economist? Jesper Koll weighs in on the issue.

“The Future Had Better Be Ethics Driven”

An argument for ethics, not big data, as the best hope for a sustainable future.
An argument for ethics, not big data, as the best hope for a sustainable future.

Japan’s Economic Prosperity and Stability: A Role Model?

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump uncovered deep social...
Brexit and the election of Donald Trump uncovered deep social...

Japan’s Eternal Optimist”: Why Should We Be Optimistic Now?

Renowned economist Jesper Koll shares why we should key an eye on Japan.
Renowned economist Jesper Koll shares why we should key an eye on Japan.

Beyond Abenomics: Sharpening Japan’s Competitive Edge

Mr. Jesper Koll, the Japan Director of Research at JP Morgan, tackled "Abenomics" as a real game-changer for Japan.

Mr. Jesper Koll, the Japan Director of Research at JP Morgan, tackled "Abenomics" as a real game-changer for Japan.

Talking (or Not Talking) about the Hard Issues of Fiscal Sustainability

Richard Solomon from Beacon Reports covered G1 Global Conference 2014. Here's how two resident experts on Japan's economy responded to the tax hike conundrum when asked "Is Abenomics in trouble?"
Richard Solomon from Beacon Reports covered G1 Global Conference 2014. Here's how two resident experts on Japan's economy responded to the tax hike conundrum when asked "Is Abenomics in trouble?"

Monetary Policy of Abenomics: Overview and Impact

By Shawn D. Baldwin, Jesper Koll, Oki Matsumoto, Thierry Porté...
By Shawn D. Baldwin, Jesper Koll, Oki Matsumoto, Thierry Porté...

Abenomics and Japan’s Economy: Getting from Policy Enthusiasm to Sustainable Prosperity

Abenomics has become a real game changer for Japan. For the first time in over a decade, policy makers are not just decisively pro-growth, but openly promoting deep-rooted reforms and deregulation.
Abenomics has become a real game changer for Japan. For the first time in over a decade, policy makers are not just decisively pro-growth, but openly promoting deep-rooted reforms and deregulation.