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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-19
The New Brazil: Transformations of the Nation since “The Miracle”


This project looks at present-day Brazil, which has been increasing its presence not only in the global economy but also in various fields, and aims to grasp a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of its development. The research results will be published and accessible to the general public in Japan, who have little knowledge and information about Brazil despite an increasing need for it. Some previous studies have been published abroad about modern-day Brazil, which recognize that Brazil has transformed itself as a new nation in terms of its democratic consolidation, stable economic growth, reduction of inequality between its citizens, and its growing presence in the world among other factors. In this project, based on the same key points of the previous abovementioned studies, we will attempt to grasp the characteristics of Brazil’s recent development in the fields of politics, economy, society, foreign diplomacy, development [environment, resources, energy], and industry and business, by analyzing and clarifying the nation’s trajectory and transition generally from the period of the “Brazilian Miracle” in around 1970 through to “the lost decade” in the 1980s, and up to the present day.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KONTA Ryohei
[ Co-researchers ] NINOMIYA Yasushi (Deputy Director, Overseas Research Department, JETRO)
HORISAKA Kotaro (Professor Emeritus, Sophia University)
KOIKE Yoichi (Professor, College of Economics, Ritsumeikan University)
HAMAGUCHI Nobuaki (Professor and Director, Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University)
KOYASU Akiko (Associate Professor, Department of Luso-Brazilian Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University)
KAWAI Saori (Graduate Student, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University)