Robert Feldman

Morgan Stanley Japan Ltd.

Robert Feldman is a Managing Director who joined Morgan Stanley Japan Ltd. in February 1998 as the chief economist for Japan. In 2003, he also became Co-Director of Japan Research. He continues to focus on the outlook for the Japanese economy and on interest rate movements. Robert has published three books, Japanese Financial Markets: Deficits, Dilemmas, and Deregulation (MIT Press, 1986), Nihon no Suijaku ("The Weakening of Japan", Toyo Keizai 1996, in Japanese) and Nihon no Saiki ("Starting Over", Toyo Keizai 2001, in Japanese). A fluent speaker of Japanese, he has also translated four books from Japanese to English, including Economic Growth in Prewar Japan (by Takafusa Nakamura, Yale University Press). In addition, he is a regular commentator on World Business Satellite, TV Tokyo’s nightly business program. Robert was the chief economist for Japan at Salomon Brothers from 1990 to 1997. He worked for the International Monetary Fund from 1983 through 1989, in the Asian, European, and Research Departments.

Robert holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and B.A.s in economics and in Japanese studies from Yale.

Between college and graduate school, he worked at both the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at Chase Manhattan Bank. Robert first came to Japan as an exchange student and also studied at the Nomura Research Institute and the Bank of Japan.