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Research Projects

Regional Vitalization, Internationalization, and Innovation: Theory and Empirical Analysis for Invigorating the Kyushu Economies (2019_1_50_001)


It is recognized that highly qualified employees in rural areas are required to develop regional vitalization. To do this, companies located in rural areas where market size is small have to be internationalized, aiming to fully utilize growing Asian economies. In addition, innovation has to be pursued for regional economic growth. This research project aims to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze current economic issues and situations in the Kyushu area, regional industrial clusters, production/sales networks, and how local companies pursue innovation. Through such data analysis, this project evaluates the impact of companies’ internationalization, especially in the Asia region, and proposes policy recommendations for vitalizing Kyushu economies.


April 2019 – March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Kumagai Satoru
[ Co-researcher ] Gokan Toshitaka
[ Co-researcher ] Hayakawa Kazunobu
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Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry

Kyushu Economic Research Center

Kyusyu Economic Federation

Saga University

  • Research output as stipulated in the agreement
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