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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: A-6-1
China's Pilot Free Trade Zone: Current Situation and Prospects


China’s (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (hereinafter referred to as “SHFTZ”) opened in 2013. It has already undergone an expansion and a range of deregulation. In April 2015, Tianjin, Fujian and Guangdong provinces opened similar Pilot Free Trade Zones, and the pillars of their experimentations are (1) deregulation of investment, (2) simplification of trade procedures and (3) deregulation of financial services. In 2014, IDE collaborated with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences to analyze the effects and influences of SHFTZ on the Chinese economy and East Asian economy. In this project, we intend to investigate the future effects on the Chinese economy and effects on the promotion of the reform and opening-up policies. We also intend to clarify the policy implications in regards to the Japanese government and the impact on the business strategies of Japanese companies.


April 2015 - March 2016

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] ONISHI Yasuo
[ Co-researcher ] DING Ke
[ Co-researcher ] ISONO Ikumo
[ Co-researcher ] IKEBE Ryo (Director, Asia & Oceania Division, Overseas Research Department, JETRO)
[ Co-researcher ] HAKOZAKI Dai (Director, China & North Asia Division, Overseas Research Department, JETRO)
[ Co-researcher ] ISHIDO Hikari (Professor, Faculty of Law, Politics & Economics, Chiba University)
[ Co-researcher ] OHASHI Hideo (Professor, School of Economics, Senshu Univeristy)
[ Co-researcher ] OIZUMI Keiichiro (Japan Research Institute, Ltd.)
[ Co-researcher ] SAITO Naoto (Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.)


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