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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-12
Costa Rica: Latin America's Small Dragon, or the Region's Unique Social Democracy?


Costa Rica has been attracting much attention for its small size and scarce resources although it has maintained a policy of neutrality with no armed forces, and has enjoyed democracy for more than 60 years under its universal social policy. Furthermore, in recent years the country has developed its information technology industry and progressed forward from being a primary resource exporter. This project will be one of a few studies in Japan on Costa Rica and aims to of some effect on development studies.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YAMAOKA Kanako
[ Co-researchers ] KITANO Koichi
USAMI Koichi
MITSUO Hisayuki
KOZAKI Tomomi (Senshu University)
HISAMATSU Yoshiaki (Toyo University),
OJIRI Kiwa (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
MURAI Tomoko (Library, IDE-JETRO)