This division carries out empirical and theoretical research to explain the mechanisms of development of the Asian economy. Studying the Asian economy in terms of development economics and economic development theory, based on rigorous theoretical frameworks of economics and econometric tests, presents one way to do this. We also investigate research issues such as trade and international investment. In addition, we challenge ourselves to expand the frontiers of industrial research and corporate management research in Asia, where on-the-ground business is given more importance. One of the goals of this is to contribute to the actual business arena. In addition, we believe that researching the economic history of Asian countries and regions from a longer chronological perspective, and comparative research among them, is important for explaining the mechanisms of Asian economic development. This research into economic history is done through links with the aforementioned development economics research, industrial research and corporate management research. No matter what perspective or framework we adopt for researching Asian economies, we always pay close attention to the roles played by institutions such as legal and financial systems in the economy.

Projects for the 2013 academic year

  • * An Explanation of the Characteristics of Automobile Distribution in Asia (Led by Hiromi Shioji, Graduate School of Economics)
  • * Asian Economic Development Research Group (Led by Fumiharu Mieno, Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
  • * Theoretical and  Empirical Study of International Finance: Implications for East Asian Economies (Led by Takayuki Tsuruga, Graduate School of Economics)


Key Words
Economic Development, Industry and Business, Financial Systems, International Trade, Economic History