Research Programs: Regional Economies

Development Policies for Robust Regional Economies, Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


OKUMURA Makoto (Faculty Fellow)



This two-year project is being conducted mainly by researchers in the Tohoku area who are familiar with the truth of the damage and recovery process after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Three research themes are set, aiming to build a robust regional economy.

First, empirical facts about the logistics systems after the earthquake are grasped via interviews with logistics companies and municipal governments, transportation records, as well as highway traffic data. Second, fuel transportation and distribution processes expanding the regional disparities after a great disaster are studied via operations research models. Third, spatial aspects in the infrastructure recovery investments, such as historical dependency and dynamic inconsistency, are analyzed and show a policy chain realizing the desirable spatial configuration in the regional economy.

October 25, 2011 - September 30, 2013

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers