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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 1-07
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 negotiations for Economic Partnership Agreement. Therefore, regional integration will advance more in ASIA. Finally, because it seems reasonable to suppose that the formation of industrial clusters promotes economic development in developing countries, it is meaningful to focus on the formation of industrial clustering under advancing regional integration.


2008/4 - 2010/2


KUCHIKI Akifumi ´╝łNippon University´╝ë

Members of the Research Project

KUCHIKI Akifumi (Nippon University)
TSUJI Masatsugu
SUZUKI Motoyoshi
KAMEYAMA Yoshihiro
GOKAN Toshitaka


The products of this project in the first fiscal year are in midterm report.