Q&A: JFSA's Shirakawa on Basel III buffers

"Clarification is now urgently needed" on counter-cyclical buffers, says JFSA deputy commissioner

Shunsuke Shirakawa, Japan’s Financial Services Agency

Shunsuke Shirakawa, deputy commissioner for international affairs at Japan's Financial Services Agency (JFSA), is a man in search of answers.

For starters, he wants to know if Basel III's counter-cyclical buffers apply to members of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision only or to non-members too? And if non-members set their own buffers for local exposures, are big banks in member countries bound by them?

These are pressing questions for the JFSA, which is well ahead of its peers in

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