Research Programs: Integrated Research

Social Scientific Studies on Self-replicating Natural and Technical Phenomenon

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


FURUKAWA Yuichi (Faculty Fellow)



One of the major problems facing the modern Japanese economy can be symbolized by the term "fence." Without bringing down fences separating various parts of the society, lying between humanities and sciences, between law and economics, and between theory and empirics, strong and healthy growth is unthinkable. Facing the COVID-19 outbreak and the rapid technological progress in IT-AI sector, the society will inevitably make a drastic change. In these circumstances, it is highly important to develop a new socio ecosystem in which social and scientific activities are linked by a new type of high quality market. This project aims to draw a blueprint for such an ecosystem.

At the core of market quality theory are two propositions: "A high-quality market is a prerequisite for sound development and growth;" "Good market infrastructure is a prerequisite for a high-quality market." Market infrastructure is a concept that includes not only economic factors but also laws and institutions, as well as a wide range of elements that surround people's activities in the market, such as science and technology and cultural customs. In this research project, from the viewpoint of market quality theory, we will study various themes and develop blueprints for a new socio ecosystem with a special attention to AI and COVID-19.

July 20, 2020 - June 30, 2022

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers


RIETI Discussion Papers