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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-35
International Reuse and Developing Countries


Used cars, secondhand home appliances, secondhand construction machinery and used clothes have been exported from developed countries to developing countries. While most of secondhand goods have been traded as a business, some part of these items are sent to developing countries as a donation. In addition, some of these goods have been re-manufactured, by dismantling them, washing the parts, and then reassembling them.
The expansion of the international trade of secondhand goods can contribute positively to the environment, as increased reuse helps to reduce the environmental impact and conserve resources on a global level. The influx of used goods into developing countries also leads to the accumulation of capital and improve the living standards of consumers. However it may also affect the development of each country’s manufacturing industry, as well as possibly cause environmental issues such as the increase of waste. In this study, we investigate the flow of used goods and its impact on the environmental and economic development of developing countries, mainly in Africa and Southeast Asia.


April 2012 - March 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KOJIMA Michikazu
[ Co-researchers ] FUKUNISHI Takahiro
ASAZUMA Yutaka (Professor, Hokkai-Gakuen University)
SASAKI So (Associate Professor, Chuo University)
FUKUDA Tomoko (Assistant Professor, Chiba University)
OGAWA Sayaka (Assistant Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)