Akihiro Emi

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Previous Experience

  • Director of Financial Systems and Bank Examination Department, Bank of Japan
  • Manager of Personnel Department, Bank of Japan
  • Manager of Information System Services Department, Bank of Japan
  • Head of Planning and Research, Japan Deposit Insurance Corporation


Thought Leadership

Contributions to major financial magazines related to information-technology risk and business continuity management:

  • Changing BCP assumptions from “causal event based” to “damage event based," Financial Affairs, June 20, 2011) 
  • Challenges of shared core-banking systems for regional financial institutions, Financial Affairs, November 9, 2009)
  • How far should financial institutions manage their technology service providers?, Financial Affairs, November 17, 2008 

Lectures, conferences related to information-technology risk and business continuity management:

  • Revision of BCP for Financial Institutions, GMS2011 Forum, July 14, 2011
  • Present situation and challenges of IT outsourcing by financial institutions, Project Management Sympozium,  Japan, September 10, 2009
  • Survey of IT project management of Japanese banks, Information Technology Supervisors Group conference, April 14, 2008

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Akihiro Emi

Managing Director

Akihiro assists clients in navigating various difficult issues regarding information-technology risk and business continuity management. Having worked for the Bank of Japan for more than 25 years, he has extensive knowledge of IT risk management and audit, based on a wide range of experiences with Japanese financial institutions, including IT development and examinations.


Akihiro has extensive experience as an information-technology system engineer and project manager and as an IT-risk and business-continuity-management examiner at the Bank of Japan. Having served as director of the financial systems and bank examination department and as deputy head of the computer system risk examination section, he has deep knowledge of the intricacies of the central bank’s on-site examination and off-site monitoring of financial institutions. Akihiro also served as the manager of the information system services department, and he developed various IT systems as a project manager. He was also temporarily assigned to Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan, where he developed a deposit insurance system as head of planning and research. He has authored several research papers on IT management of incidents, projects and outsourcing, in addition to the challenges of shared core-banking systems in Japan.



  • LL.B., Osaka University


Affiliations, Awards, and Civic Engagements

  • Certified information systems auditor, Information Systems Audit Control Association
  • Certified in risk and information systems control, Information Systems Audit Control Association


Representative Engagements

  • Conducted risk audit of IT system development projects for a Japanese regional bank in order to integrate its core banking system with that of a merging bank.
  • Analyzed present IT system quality management and prepared a guideline to improve it for a major Japanese bank.
  • Developed several solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of IT risk control self-assessment for a major Japanese bank.
  • Devised solutions to improve effectiveness and efficiency of business continuity management for a major Japanese bank after the Great East Japan Earthquake.


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