ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Fumio Kishida
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Fumio Kishida

Prime minister of Japan


After more than a year in power, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has shown a cautious willingness to reform tax policy, but there is still a lot to do. He inherited a stagnant economy wracked by rising inflation and a mountain of government debt.

The Kishida government has pushed ahead with tax incentives for research and development, while it takes advantage of a windfall of tax revenue. This allowed Kishida to announce a ¥29 trillion ($197 billion) stimulus package in October to subsidise energy costs and help prop up the yen.

Going into 2023, the Japanese government still needs to raise more tax revenue from somewhere and it has very few options. Kishida has hinted that his government may have to raise corporate tax or capital gains tax.

The Kishida government surprised outsiders by supporting a carbon tax of $56 per tonne of CO2 emissions on shipping in May. He also shelved a national carbon tax in November over concerns it would worsen the energy crisis.

Meanwhile, the Kishida government has clashed with the US over tax credits for electric vehicle production. Japanese car manufacturers fear the US tax credits will put them at a disadvantage in the American market.

Kishida may have promised to restore dynamism to the Japanese economy, but 2023 may be the year when he has to deliver significant tax changes.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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