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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-23
Development and Restructuring of the Iron and Steel Industry in Asian Countries


This project studies the development and restructuring of the iron and steel industry in Asian countries. There are two main reasons why we decided to focus on this industry. First, it has been changing rapidly, in terms of production, technology and trade patterns, with the 1990s being a period of great change as well. Second, the steel industry has significant backward and forward linkages to other manufacturing sectors, so that changes in it are quite important for other sectors and take place in interaction with changes in the other sectors. The aim of the project is as follows: first, changes in the iron and steel industry in each economy will be studied; second, based on our understating of these changes, the patterns of development and restructuring of the industry will be delineated; and third, the relationship between the changes in the steel industry and economic development as a whole will be discussed.


April 2006 - March 2008


Members of the Research Project

SATO Hajime
ABE Makoto
SATO Yukihito
ISHIGAMI Etsuro (Professor, Fukuoka University)
KAWABATA Nozomu (Associate Professor, Tohoku University)
SUGIMOTO Takashi (Professor, Osaka City University)