The Mitsui Life Financial Research Center was established in 1990 with a generous endowment from the Mitsui Mutual Life Insurance Company. Its goal is to encourage and support academic research in finance. Although the Center’s initial focus was on Asia and the Pacific Rim nations, as financial markets became more globalized the focus has become more generalized. Now it encompasses a wide range of financial issues relevant to academics and practitioners. The Center also hosts visiting scholars and researchers from Asia, serving as an academic bridge between the United States and Asia. The Center’s activities are supported by the Mitsui Life Insurance Company and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Mitsui Life Financial Research Center activities include:
- An annual academic symposium, held in Ann Arbor, addressing current issues in finance.
- Conferences held in Tokyo addressing emerging issues of particular importance to policy makers and practitioners in Japan.
- A lecture series which brings to campus distinguished speakers from academia and business to share their views and working knowledge with Michigan students and faculty.
- Financial support for faculty and doctoral research.