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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: B-3-01
Joint Study with TIER: Taiwan’s Challenges to its Upgrade Metal and Machinery Industries and the Possibility of Cooperation with Japan’s Industries


Recently in Taiwan the growth of high-tech industries is becoming unstable, while some subsectors of metal, machinery and chemical industries, which are called “traditional industries,” are maintaining good performance. Also the traditional industries tend to remain in Taiwan, as their operations are based on the clusters in Taiwan and as such require close communication among firms. Thus the role of these industries is being recognized and subsequently there have been calls for their further upgrading. Although Japan also has many competitive traditional industries, they are facing a lot of difficulties these days. While the drastic appreciation of the Japanese yen deteriorates their competitiveness in the short term, in the long run these industries are in danger of disappearing due to the absence of a successor. Therefore, tie–ups between Japanese and Taiwanese industries can be a solution to the difficulties of each industry. This project attempts to illustrate the present situation and the problems of Japanese and Taiwanese traditional industries and to examine the possibility of cooperation between the industries of both countries.


June 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SATO Yukihito
[ Co-researchers ] LIN Xinwu (Director, Research Division III, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research)