Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University



  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
    Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Davis
  • Background
    The World Bank, Development Research Group(2001-2009)
    Institute for Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) (2010-2014)
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2015/04-2020/03)
    Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2020/04-Present)

Field of Specialization

International trade, development economics,innovation

Research Theme

Economic development of East Asian Countries

Major Works / Publications Awards

  • 2014. ” Nonconventional provisions in regional trade agreements: Do they enhance international trade?” (co-authored with Kazunobu Hayakawa and Fukunari Kimura), Journal of Applied Economics 17(1):113-138.
  • 2013. Meeting Standards, Winning Markets: Regional Trade Standards Compliance Report East Asia 2013, IDE/UNIDOM
  • 2012. Some Small Countries Do It Better: Rapid Growth and its Causes in Singapore, Ireland, and Finland. (co-authored with Shahid Yusuf) Washington, DC: World Bank.
  • 2009. Tiger Economies Under Threat: A Comparative Analysis of Malaysia’s Industrial Prospects and Policy Options. (co-authored with Shahid Yusuf) Washington, DC: World Bank.

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

American Economic Association

Service to Society

Consultant (World Bank)

Research Project

MA: East Asian Economies and Industries
※MA: Not available for September 2020, April 2021 and September 2021 Admission
PhD: Industrial Upgrading in East Asia

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

The main theme of the project is to examine the growth process and prospects of East (Northeast and Southeast) Asian countries utilizing various tools offered by economic theories and empirical methodologies.  Counties in East Asia are not homogeneous.  Each country is at different stage of her development and each faces different issues and challenges in their growth strategy.  This heterogeneity among East Asian countries offer many opportunities for interesting research.  Of particular interests are industrial development, export competitiveness, participation in global supply chain, and innovation capabilities and how these relates to growth of these countries.  It is my hope that through this course, students develop skills to identify challenges faced by developing countries, to be able to apply sound economic reasoning for the analysis, and to think about appropriate policies to overcome these challenges.

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