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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 1-16
“Trade and Environment” Issues from the Perspective of Developing Countries


International debates over trade and environment in many cases face a deadlock due to the conflicting positions of developed and developing countries. In order to understand the cause of such a stark division and distrust between developed and developing countries at the negotiating tables, trade-environment linkages must be considered in a manner that takes into account of the needs of developing countries.
The main objective of this study is to find ways in which developing countries will be able to realize sustainable development on the basis of integrating the promotion of trade liberalization and the protection of the natural environment. This study will clarify the problems that developing countries are facing in trade-environment interface, and also discuss the merits and demerits of policies and measures regarding trade-environment issues. Specifically, it will examine whether environmental protection measures, within both a domestic and international framework, have helped developing countries to protect their environment, and whether such policies and measures have led to the industrial development of developing countries.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YANAI Akiko
[ Co-researchers ] MICHIDA Etsuyo
KOJIMA Michikazu
IINO Aya (Assistant Professor, Nihon University)
SHIMAMOTO Mihoko (Professor, Hosei University )
TAKAMURA Yukari (Professor, Nagoya University)