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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-17
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 others. The aim of the project is as follows: first, to study changes in the iron and steel industry in each economy; second, based on our understating of these changes, to delineate the patterns of development and restructuring of the industry; and third, to discuss the relationship between the changes in the steel industry and economic development as a whole.


Members of the Research Project

SATO Hajime
ABE Makoto
SATO Yukihito
ISHIGAMI Etsuro (Professor, Department of Marketing, Fukuoka University)
KAWABATA Nozomu (Professor, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University)
SUGIMOTO Takashi (Professor, Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University)