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(L-R) Gunter Dufey, E. Han Kim, Hirokazu Ishikawa and Tak Wakasugi
  L-R: Gunter Dufey, E. Han Kim,
Hirokazu Ishikawa and
Tak Wakasugi

New Research Tool Unveiled at 9th Mitsui Life Symposium

7/2/2004 --

Economists and scholars discuss global financial markets.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Mitsui Emerging Markets Information Source (MEMIS)–a new database that points researchers to financial data about firms in Japan and emerging markets–was rolled out at the 9th Mitsui Life Symposium on Global Financial Markets: Microanalysis and Emerging Markets at the Michigan Business School in June.

MEMIS contains information about 66 databases, from single-country to large international sources. Researchers can query for as many as 174 variable items across 20 countries, E. Han Kim, director of the Business School's Mitsui Life Financial Research Center, told symposium participants. In addition to providing an overview of information available, MEMIS reports the cost for retrieving data from the various databases. Learn more about MEMIS at

In opening remarks at the symposium, Hirokazu Ishikawa, chairman of the board of the Mitsui Life Insurance Company, spoke at the symposium about the contributions of the Mitsui Life Financial Research Center. "The center provides an excellent opportunity for academic research in the growing Asian financial market. Its activities are bringing an abundance of new ideas and knowledge to the field of financial management," Ishikawa said.

Prominent economists and scholars who work with micro-data from emerging markets attended the symposium, which focused on asset pricing, corporate finance, growth, trade and open-economy macroeconomics. The symposium drew a standing-room-only crowd.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734.647.4626