WHO: Akihiro Nakamura, 34
WHAT: Portfolio manager, asset management division
WHERE: Japan Pension Fund Association, Tokyo
WHEN: Joined the PFA, an umbrella organization that administers pension assets for Japanese corporations with fewer than 500 employees and for employees who change companies, as a career official after earning a law degree from Meiji Gakuen University. Was seconded to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for two years in 1990 to study and work on issues related to corporate pension programs.
WHY: A specialist in pension fund administration, highly unusual in Japan, where typically this is a two-year duty of personnel or finance department staffers. Has, as a result, been instrumental in setting more consistent PFA policy.
"Mr. Nakamura has a very broad and deep grasp of pensions policy and issues," said Keiichi Miki, senior portfolio manager, Jardine Fleming Investment Trust and Advisory Co. Ltd. "As the first of his generation to follow a career track in this field, he is able to take a long-term, unbiased view and base administrative decisions on actual requirements. This is very important in eliminating conflicts of interest."