Asia Research Report
  Asia Research Report
►The North Korean Risk and Japan-South Korea Cooperation  NEW!
  May 2016  (FY2015)
   This report was originally published in Japanese in December 2015. The original report is here.
   Recent incidents in North Korea are reflected in this English edition. Please refer to Preface for the details.

  Contents: (PDF)
  Contributors: (PDF)
  Preface: (PDF)
  Introduction: The North Korean Risk and Half a Century of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and South Korea(PDF)
  Chapter 1: Kim Jong-un’s Governance Style and Internal Risks――Instability Lurking within Stability(PDF)*
  Chapter 2: North Korea in Transition: its Potential and Limitations(PDF)*
  Chapter 3: North Korean Business in Transition――Financial Reforms and the Growing Power of Individuals and Private Companies (PDF)*
  Chapter 4: North Korean Society and Values in Transition――The Impact of the Emergence of the Market and a Decreasing Birthrate and Aging Population (PDF)*
  Chapter 5: North Korea’s Contradictory Foreign Policy Based on the New Strategic Line――Risks Associated with its Domestic Affairs, Foreign Policy, and North-South Relations(PDF)*
  Chapter 6: Military Risks Continue to Grow――The Increasing Threat from North Korea’s Nuclear, Missile , and Cyber Capabilities(PDF)*
  Chapter 7: Future Scenarios for the Korean Peninsula as Depicted by South Korea――South Korea’s Risk Perception and Expectations of Japan(PDF)
  Chapter 8: Japan’s Perspective on the Korean Peninsula―― Historical Relations and Future Prospects(PDF)
  Chapter 9: The Need to Restructure Japan and South Korea’s Diplomatic Strategy――Changes in the East Asian Situation and Coordination of Policies on North Korea(PDF)*
  Chapter 10: Turmoil and Transformation in the Security Alliances between Japan, the USA, and ROK――Restoration of the US-ROK Alliance and Renewal of the Japan-US Alliance(PDF)*
  Chapter 11: Creating a New Regional Economic Zone in Northeast Asia――An Examination of a Proposal for Cooperation with the North after the Resolution of Outstanding Issues (PDF)*
  Chapter 12: Political Leadership in Question ――Toward Japan-South Korea Cooperation in Addressing Risk(PDF)
  Back Numbers
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
  ASEAN Economic Integration-How Much Progress Has Been Made ?
  December 2014  

  Contents: (PDF)
  Contributors: (PDF)
  Chapter 1: The Impending Establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) -Progress in de facto integration has already been realized The Issues of the ASEAN Economy(PDF)
  Chapter 2: Progress and Challenges of Establishing the ASEAN Economic Community -Steady progress on the elimination of tariffs, but slow progress on non-tariff barriers(PDF)
  Chapter 3: Progress on the ASEAN Intra-Regional Trade -Diverse players and further expansion(PDF)
  Chapter 4: The Current State and Outlook of ASEAN's Intra-Regional Direct Investment -ASEAN becomes its own largest investor(PDF)
  Chapter 5: Current Situation of the Flow of Laborers within the ASEAN Region -More laborers flowing into Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand(PDF)
  Chapter 6: Wide-Ranging Transport Infrastructure Development within the ASEAN Region -Multilayered development, high hopes for economic spillover effect(PDF)
  The ASEAN Economy and the Middle-Income Trap
  December 2013

  Preface: (PDF)
  Contents: (PDF)
  Contributors: (PDF)
  Chapter 1: The Issues of the ASEAN Economy-Rising Debate over the Middle-Income Trap(PDF)
  Chapter 2: The Middle-Income Trap Verified by Data-The Exit Key is Developing Institutions(PDF)
  Chapter 3: Malaysia aims to become a high-income country-The difficulty in demolishing long-standing abuses so as to maintain high growth(PDF)
  Chapter 4: Thailand Upholding a "Creative Economy" -Concerns that political instability will be a heavy weight (PDF)
  Chapter 5: Indonesia: The Surfacing of Structural Problems -The Pressing Issue of Infrastructure Development(PDF)
  Chapter 6: Philippines: The Challenge of Sustaining High Growth-Formulation of effective medium to long-term plan is essential(PDF)
  Chapter 7: Development and Implications of the Asian NIEs -A trap for high-income countries as well; a diverse verification is necessary (PDF)

  ASEAN Economy and Corporate Strategies
  December 2012

  Preface: (PDF)
  Contents: (PDF)
  Contributors: (PDF)
  Introduction: The ASEAN Economy in the Spotlight(PDF)
  Chapter 1: ASEAN, Aiming to Create an Economic Community (AEC)(PDF)
  Chapter 2: The Vitality of the ASEAN Least Developed Countries (The CLM)(PDF)
  Chapter 3: Entanglement of Regional Economic Integration and ASEAN (PDF)
  Chapter 4: The State and Issues of the ASEAN Economy(PDF)
  Chapter 5: Corporate ASEAN Strategies(PDF)
  India and the World
  December 2011

  Executive Summary: (PDF)
  Preface: (PDF)
  Contents: (PDF)
  Contributors: (PDF)
  Chapter 1: India and the World(PDF)
  Chapter 2: Indo-Japanese Economic Relations--Japanese Companies Seek to Catch Up(PDF)
  Chapter 3: Sino-Indian Relations--From Hostility to Mutual Cooperation and Complementation (PDF)
  Chapter 4: US-Indian Relations--A Multifaced Partnership Under Construction(PDF)
  Chapter 5: Relations Between India and Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa--From Traditional Friendly Countries to the Frontiers (PDF)
  Chapter 6: Relations with Northeast Asia (South Korea and Taiwan)--South Korean Corporations Take the Lead, Taiwanese Corporations also Start Active Deployment(PDF)
  Chapter 7: India-ASEAN Relations--The Formation of a Production Network(PDF)
  Chapter 8: Trade & Investment Relations between India and the Countries of South Asia--EPAs are Effective in Facilitating (PDF)
  Asia's Huge Dragon and Elephant
  December 2010

  Executive Summary: (PDF)
  Introduction: China and India Continue High-Speed Growth (PDF)
  Chapter 1: The Rising Chinese and Indian Economies: Comparison from the Historical Perspective
  Chapter 2: Sino-Indian Relations at Present: An Overview of Economic Relations
  Chapter 3: Infrastructure and Energy
  Chapter 4: Trends in Foreign Direct Investment Policies and Inward and Outward Direct Investment
  Chapter 5: Trade and Trade Policy: Global Strategies of China and India
  Chapter 6: Demographic Structure and Fostering of Human Resources
  Chapter 7: Comparative Study of the Chinese and Indian ICT Industry
  Chapter 8: Strategic Comparison of Chinese and Indian Manufacturing and the Potential for Cooperation
  Epilogue: Toward the Realization of Further Economic Growth in China and India
  India: Toward a New Growth Phase
  December 2009

  Executive Summary: (PDF)
  Introduction: The Indian Economy: Growth, Challenges, and Regional Cooperation (PDF)
  Chapter 1: Overview of the Indian Economy and Challenges for Further Growth
  Chapter 2: Potential and Risk in the Indian Mega Market
  Chapter 3: The Globalization of India
  Chapter 4: The IT Industry--Leveraging India's Talent
  Chapter 5: Automobiles
  Chapter 6: Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
  Chapter 7: India's Financial and Capital Markets
  Chapter 8: Shifting Political Currents
  Chapter 9: SAARC-Outlook for Economic Regionalism and Indian-Pakistani Cooperation
  Chapter 10: Relations with Japan-Expanding Bilateral Cooperation
  The Huge Asia-Pacific Market Comes of Age:
  Japanese and US Strategies and APEC's Twentieth Anniversary
  December 2008

  Executive Summary:(PDF)
  Introduction: The Huge Asia-Pacific Market Comes of Age:Japanese and US Strategies and APEC’s Twentieth Anniversary(PDF)
  Chapter 1: Economic and Trade Interdependence among APEC's Member
  Chapter 3: Service Trade and Movement of People in APEC: Liberalization Measures for Their Further Promotion
  Chapter 4: APEC's Future and Japan's Role: Possibilities for Further Developing the Asia-Pacific's Investment Environment and Production Networks
  Chapter 5: Currency and Financial Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Status and Tasks
  Chapter 6: Possibilities for Cooperating on Energy in APEC
  Chapter 7: Trade Liberalization and Agriculture in APEC: The Agricultural Issue in FTAs
  Chapter 8: Economic Impact of the FTAAP: Analysis Using a Computable General Equilibrium Model
  Chapter 9: The US Strategy toward Asia-Pacific: Focusing on APEC-Wide Integration
  Chapter 10: APEC as a Regional Institution: American Influence and Changes in Functions and Norms
  ASEAN+6 Economic Partnership: Significance and Tasks
  December 2007

  Executive Summary: (PDF)
  Introduction: An ASEAN+6 Economic Partnership: Significance and Tasks(PDF)
  Chapter 1: Economic Effects of an ASEAN + 6 Free Trade Agreement(PDF)
  Chapter 2: India, Australia, and New Zealand: Economic Relations with East Asia
  Chapter 3: Current Trade and Investment Barriers in India and Australia
  Chapter 4: The Potential for Expansion of East Asian Production Networks: A Growing Role for India?
  Chapter 5: Potential Growth in Services Trade in the ASEAN+6 Region
  Chapter 6: Energy Cooperation in East Asia: Present Conditions and Challenges
  Chapter 7: Increasing Diversity and Supply Stability for ASEAN+6 Agriculture and Food
  Chapter 8: Business Opportunities in the Giant Indian Market
  Chapter 9: Prospects and Problems for Indian Economic Expansion: Possible Economic Cooperation with East Asia
  Chapter 10: The Birth of ASEAN+6: Strategic Considerations and the Potential for a New Regionwide FTA
  Regional Cooperation Toward the Establishment of an East Asian Community
  - With a View to Asia in 2020
  December 2006

  Summary: (PDF)
  Chapter 1: Economic Integration in East Asia and Changes in Production Networks
  Chapter 2: Intra-regional Policy Coordination Necessary through Trade Facilitation
  Chapter 3: Distribution Cooperation in East Asia
  Chapter 4: Agriculture/Food Problems Key to the East Asian Community Scheme
  Chapter 5: The East Asian Economy in 2020: An Analysis of Economic Effects of the Community
  Chapter 6: Information Technology Cooperation in East Asia: Toward International Standardization of Information and Communications Technology
  Chapter 7: Intensifying Cultural Exchanges
  Chapter 8: Regional Monetary and Financial Coordination in East Asia
  Chapter 9: Energy Security and Regional Cooperation in East Asia
  Chapter 10: Multilateral Security in the Asia-Pacific Region: Possibility of Strategic Convergence of the Multilayer Mechanism
  Regional Co-operation between Japan, China, South Korea and ASEAN, and the Potential for FTAs
  February 2005
  Introduction: Japan, China and South Korea Should Sign an FTA with ASEAN for Broader Cooperation(PDF)
  Chapter 1: Intra-Industry Trade Rapidly Expanding in Japan-China-South Korea and ASEAN
  Chapter 2: ASEAN, Japan, China and S. Korea Need to Step Up Cooperation in Oil Stockpiling and Other Energy Areas
  Chapter 3: Leadership of Japan and China Essential in the Formation of an East Asian Monetary Zone(PDF)
  Chapter 4: Narrowing the Digital Divide Is the Key to IT Cooperation in East Asia
  Chapter 5: Strategic Response Needed to Growing Movement of People between ASEAN and Japan-China-South Korea
  Chapter 6: Advanced Private-Sector Cooperation in Japan, China, South Korea and ASEAN Giving Boost to Moves toward FTAs in East Asia
  Chapter 7: Both Japan and China Should Show Leadership in Creating an East Asian Community
  Chapter 8: China's FTA Strategy and China-Japan Economic Relations
  Chapter 9: The Changing Pattern of Economic Structure in East Asia:An ASEAN View
  Chapter 10: South Korea to Gain A Lot from an FTA with ASEAN Along with FTAs with Japan and China

►Creation of a Productivity Database on Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean Companies (East Asian Listed Companies[EALC] Database 2007)