Research Projects

The Economy and Society of Asia

This research group conducts academic research on the mechanisms and economic impacts of socio-economic phenomena as well as policy-oriented research that contributes to the sustainable development of Asia with a focus on important economic and social issues faced by Asia (particularly East Asia). In recent years, the main research topics of this group include: (1) sources / driving forces of the economic growth of China and other East Asian countries; (2) behavior and productivity of multinational corporations (MNCs) in Asia; (3) income inequality / poverty and the underlying factors in Asian countries; (4) international migration patterns of skilled labor and the growth mechanism of global talent magnet cities; (5) consumption behavior of Asian tourists; (6) population aging in East Asia and its economic impact; and (7) how to promote economic cooperation and free trade in the Pan Yellow Sea Region (the economic zone surrounding the Yellow Sea).

Research Projects in FY2015

An Analysis of Holiday Destination Selection Behavior and Its Determinants among Chinese Tourists to Kyushu
Staff: Erbiao Dai
An International Comparative Analysis of Household Consumption and Saving Behavior
Staff: Charles Yuji Horioka, Yoko Niimi

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Comparative Growth Policy

Japan became the first country in the world to achieve rapid economic growth from the 1950s until the 1970s, and many emerging economies in Asia are currently experiencing rapid economic growth. This research group conducts research on what lessons emerging Asia can learn from the successes and failures of growth policies in Japan, and conversely, what lessons Japan can learn from the successes and failures of growth policies in emerging Asia, and we make policy recommendations based on our research findings.

Research Projects in FY2015

An International Comparative Analysis of Household Consumption and Saving Behavior
Staff: Charles Yuji Horioka, Yoko Niimi
Urbanization and the Land Taxation System, the Housing Taxation System, and Housing Policy: A Comparison between Japan and China
Staff: Tatsuo Hatta
The Startup, Development and Continuity of Chinese Enterprises: The Startup Ecosystem and Corporate Sustainability
Staff: Chikashi Kishimoto

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Urban and Regional Policy

This research group conducts policy studies that contribute to sustainable urban development with a focus on the case of Kitakyushu city and to the economic development of the Kitakyushu region through linkages among cities in the region. The former puts an emphasis on issues such as the low fertility rate and population aging, public transportation, and environment-related technological innovation. It aims to contribute to urban policies in other Asian countries facing similar problems. The latter includes research that contributes to linkages among cities in the Pan Yellow Sea Region (the economic zone surrounding the Yellow Sea) and to the economic development of the region with a focus on logistics and international business.

Research Projects in FY2015

Economic Incentives in Pollution Control Agreements: Japanese Experiences and their Applications to Asia
Staff: Kenichi Imai
Population Movement and Urban Structure in Kitakyushu
Staff: Kazuki Tamura
A Research Study of Changing Trends in Automotive Parts Trade and Logistics among Japan, Korea and China
Staff: Sung-Il Han
Development of Seamless Logistics by Ferry and Ro-Ro Shipping in Asia and the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Region
Staff: Toshihisa Fujiwara

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