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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: B-1-04
East Asian Integration and its Theoretical Basis


In recent years, economic integration in East Asia has been driven by free trade agreements (FTAs). Economic integration is crucially important not only for developing economies but also more mature economies like Japan, where an aging society is most likely to contract the future domestic market. It is therefore understandable that many books relating to economic integration have been published in Japan. Although these books are helpful to understand how FTAs work and what benefits are derived from them, they lack the rigorous analytical framework necessary to explore the mechanics of economic integration. In this study, we aim to create a textbook on economic integration in East Asia in order to diffuse information and knowledge among university and graduate students, researchers, policy makers, and so on. The textbook covers areas such as free trade agreement (institutional aspects), trade, investment, trade in services, labor movement, agriculture, finance, industrial location, regional disparities, infrastructure, and technical development.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KUROIWA Ikuo
[ Co-researchers ] TANAKA Kiyoyasu
WATANABE Yorizumi (Professor, Keio University)
HONMA Masayoshi (Professor, Tokyo University)
KAWASAKI Kentaro (Associate professor, Toyo University)
ITO Keiko (Associate professor, Senshu University)
ISHIDO Hikari (Associate professor, Chiba University)
SATO Hitoshi (Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry)


  • 1st year: research papers on the web
  • 2nd year: book (from an outside publisher)