Policy Research Domains (Major Policy Research Domains) III. Formulating Japan's Strategy in Response to Globalization and Deepening Economic Interdependence in Asia

Study on Offshore Outsourcing by Japanese Firms

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

TOMIURA Eiichi Faculty Fellow



2008 - 2010

In recent years, firms in advanced economies have been increasingly relocating a broad range of operations and functions including R&D activities and manufacturing processes to overseas sites (offshoring). Furthermore, these relocations are not only to divisions within their own multinational corporations but also to unrelated firms (outsourcing). As a result, identifying the current status of cross-border outsourcing has become critically important in formulating Japan's trade policies, regional economic policies and industrial policies. The aim of this project is to undertake an econometric analysis of corporate survey results in order to contribute to an understanding of the offshore outsourcing by Japanese firms, which has an important bearing on Japan's policies. In addition, offshore outsourcing is analyzed with an aim to verify new trade theories.

August 4, 2008 - March 31, 2011

Major Research Results