Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

Globalization and regional economies

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

MATSUURA Toshiyuki

MATSUURA Toshiyuki (Faculty Fellow)



Globalization has led the economy in a service-oriented and knowledge-intensive direction in the past three decades. At the same time, regional disparities have been widening between urban areas, where highly skilled human resources are concentrated, and rural areas, where manufacturing is declining due to import competition and offshoring. The objective of this project is to clarify the impact of globalization on regional economies by broadening the perspective to include not only exports, imports, and foreign direct investment, but also immigration and the increase in foreign tourists, and by utilizing detailed regional employee data and geographic information system data. We also aim to identify which industries and regions are being positively or negatively impacted by globalization and to what extent regional disparities are widening, as well as the policy implications for mitigating the negative effects of globalization and reaping its positive benefits.

August 1, 2023 - January 31, 2026

(During the research project period, the research activity period is set from August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2025, and the data usage reporting period is set from August 1, 2025 to January 31, 2026.)