Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

Structural Changes in the World Economy and Responses from Japanese Firms and the Government

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

URATA Shujiro

URATA Shujiro (Chairman)



The world is witnessing unprecedentedly dramatic structural changes, which include the COVID-19 pandemic, US-China rivalry, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and climate change. This project aims to analyze how Japanese firms and the government have responded to these structural changes and identify desirable strategies and policies. A study on Japanese firms reveals their responses to the structural changes in terms of production, employment, investment, trade and others, while a study on the Japanese government examines not only its internal but also external policies to deal with the structural changes. In particular, the role of the Japanese government in reforming the international economic system is explored.

November 1, 2022 - October 31, 2025

(During the research project period, the research activity period is set from November 1, 2022 to April 30, 2025, and the data usage reporting period is set from May 1, 2025 to October 31, 2025.)

Major Research Results


RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers