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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: A-5-01
Impact of Product-related Environmental Regulations on the Diffusion of Trade and Technology through Supply Chains


An increasing number of product-related environmental regulations (PRERs) have been introduced in the recent decades, and their coverage is expanding into environmental issues. This is raising concerns among some countries on whether these PRERs will negatively affect their export performance.
The PRERs aim at protecting consumers’ health and safety, as well as the environment, by regulating manufactured products. As a PRER of a country requires that all targeted products sold on its market meet the regulations, firms within the country’s border as well as those exporting to the market are equally affected.
The impact of PRERs seems to be significant in Asia. The formation of extensive supply chain networks in the region was the hallmark of industrial development in Asia. In general, the longer the supply chains are, the more complex the management of the supply chains is. Therefore, PRERs that require significantly more monitoring and screening along the supply chain could adversely affect existing and potential production networks. This research project focuses on chemical regulations, such as the European Union’s RoHS, REACH, and similar regulations in other countries, and private standards to examine the impact on firms in Asia. A company survey was conducted in Vietnam in the first year of the study, and an additional survey is planned in the second year.


April 2011 - March 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] MICHIDA Etsuyo
[ Co-researchers ] NABESHIMA Kaoru
UEKI Yasushi
ARIMURA Toshi (Waseda University, School of Political Science and Economics, Professor)
IGUCHI Hakaru (Atomi University, Faculty of Management, Assistant Professor)
MARUKAWA Tomoo (The University of Tokyo, Institute of Social Science, Professor)
MANAGI Shunsuke (Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Associate Professor)
OTSUKI Tsunehiro (Osaka School of International Public policy, Associate Professor)


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