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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 4-26
Pacific Island Countries under Globalization

Outline

After the fall of the Berlin of Wall in 1989, globalization of the economy has expanded the population of the capitalist economic zone from 1 billion of advanced states to 3 billion including newly arising countries such as BRICs.
From that process, East and South Asian countries such as China and India have made remarkable advances.
This geographic condition has led to the Pacific Islands Countries becoming resource suppliers for Asian demands.
Correspondingly, Asian countries, especially China multiplied its ODA to the Pacific Islands several times in less than 10 years in the 21 century.
At the same time, Chinese businesspeople flowed into the Island countries, which led to the anti-Chinese riots in Tonga and Solomon Islands in 2007 and Papua New Guinea in 2009.
We analyze the socio-political transformation of the Pacific Islands Countries under the impacts of globalization.

Period

April 2009 - March 2011

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SHIOTA Mitsuki
[ Co-researchers ] KAZAMA Kazuhiro
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
BABA Jun
(Research Fellow, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science / Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
ISHIMORI Daichi
(Junior Fellow, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
TANAHASHI Satoshi (Professor, Ochanomizu University)
KUROSAKI Takehiro (Oceania Division, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
ICHIKAWA Tetsu (Program Coordinator, Rikkyo University)
NIWA Norio (Assistant Professor, Center for Research Development, National Museum of Ethnology)