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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 1-01
East Asia's Integration and Co-development of Each Economy


FTAs are proliferating in East Asia. This proliferation will become a foundation for the region's economic integration on one hand, but will also lead to the "spaghetti (or noodle) ball syndrome," due to a mixture of different rules such as rules of origin. In addition, the need for many procedures and documents, as well as custom clearance at borders for road transportation, consumes great time and costs, leading to high transportation costs. There are many issues to address in order to attain further economic integration.

Our study aims to understand the current state and direction of economic integration in East Asia, with the goal of clarifying issues that must be addressed toward full-fledged economic integration, and to examine how economic integration can allow each economy to benefit equally. Furthermore, we will look at whether industry will concentrate on a few countries such as China, due to the home market effect, or whether small economies such as Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar will be able to develop together with the large economies, and whether industry specialization will occur between the economies of the region.


June 2005 - December 2006



Members of the Research Project

KEOLA Souknilanh
HAMAGUCHI Nobuaki (Associate Professor )
ITAKURA Ken (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya City University)
KIMURA Fukunari (Professor of Economics, Keio University)
SUZUKI Motoyoshi (Professor of Economics, Suzuka International University)
YOKOTA Kazuhiko (Research Associate Professor, the International Center for the Study of East Asian Development, Kitakyushu)


  • The final results will be published by an overseas publisher in 2007.

Information of the Research Project