PEAK Staff Profile

Michinao Okachi,
Associate Professor – Japan in East Asia

Contact: michinao.okachi[at]


Prof. Okachi Dr. Okachi earned a Bachelor’s degree from Keio University, a Master’s degree from the University of Tokyo, and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University, all in the field of economics. He has a wealth of experience as an economist, having worked at both the Mizuho Research Institute and the Bank of Japan. Additionally, he gained valuable insights during an internship at the International Monetary Fund. Currently, he also holds the position of a visiting associate professor at the Research Center for Policy Design at Tohoku University.

Research Interests

Dr. Okachi is interested in a variety field of economic issues. He is mainly focusing on sovereign debt crisis, using quantitative methodology. Also, he is planning to write a paper about environmental economics and economic inequality

Selected Publications

"Sovereign Default Triggered by Inability to Repay Debt (IMES Discussion Paper No. 2019-E-10)"
"Estimating the Effects of Regulating University Face-to-Face Lectures on the Spread of COVID-19: Evidence from Japan, TUPD Discussion Papers 9, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University (with Haewon Youn)"