Research Programs: Regional Economies

Studies on the Structure of Japanese Economic Space and Japanese Supply Chains Sustaining Growth Under Globalization and Disaster Risks

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


HAMAGUCHI Nobuaki (Faculty Fellow)



This project consists of three studies. The first study deals with the impact of globalization on the spatial system of Japanese industries. We will reveal the spatial structure of Japanese industries in East Asia based on an analysis of factors that have determined the choices made by Japanese companies for their locations in Japan and abroad in recent years. We will then analyze both qualitatively and quantitatively the agglomeration economies that influence regional economic growth and clarify their implications for regional policies. The second study will analyze how companies' full consideration of disaster risks for supply chains may affect the economic spatial structure. We will clarify lessons that can be learned from the cases of companies that have successfully recovered from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The third study will explore the ways regional policies ought to be by analyzing how the liberalization of agricultural trade--one of major issues in globalization--affects the regional gap in social welfare.

July 12, 2011 - June 30, 2013

Major Research Results


RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers