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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 1-11
The formation of industrial clusters in Asia and regional integration


This research project focuses on the formation of industrial clusters in Asia and regional integration. Industrial clusters have been formed by local firms and multinationals in Asia. The industrial cluster itself was also examined by the previous research organized by the same organizer. The previous research mainly examined endogenous innovation and industrial clusters, whereas this research project examines the effects of external circumstances on forming industrial clusters. With regard to external circumstances, regional integration has been progressing in Asia. As an example, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries are lowering intra-regional tariffs and working on the elimination of non-tariff barriers. Additionally, Japan and ASEAN finalized negotiation for Economic Partnership Agreement. Therefore, regional integration will advance more in ASIA. Finally, because it seems reasonable to suppose that the formation of industrial cluster promote economic development in developing countries, it is meaningful to focus on the formation of industrial clustering under advancing regional integration.



Members of the Research Project

TSUJI Masatsugu (University of Hyogo The Graduate School of Applied Informatics Professor)
MIYAHARA Shoichi (Aoyama Gakuin University College of Economics Associate Professor)
SUZUKI Motoyoshi (Japan International Cooperation Agency Advisor)
KAMEYAMA Yoshihiro (The International Centre for the Study of East Asia Research Assistant Professor)
KEOLA Souknilanh
GOKAN Toshitaka