YOSHII Masahiko

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YOSHII Masahiko

Research Interests

My original research interests are in fields of economies of Russia and Central-Eastern European Countries, and Comparative Economic Systems, but now I am also interested in the EU economy. Let me describe them in a historical order.

1) I made a research in the socialist economic systems, especially in what kind problems the systems had and why the systems had to collapsed.

2) After the demise of the socialist economic system, my interests were moved to the transition from the socialist economic systems to market economic systems in the Former Soviet countries (especially, Russia), and in the Central-Eastern European countries (especially, Romania). That is, I made theoretical and field-work researches of their macro-economic stabilization policies, and structural change policies, for example, privatisation policies in these countries.

3) On the one hand, the Central-Eastern European countries accomplished the task of building basic market economic systems, and accessed the EU, and, on the other hand, the former Soviet countries including Russia have turned their political and economic systems to totalitarian ones. On these backgrounds, I am now interested in what economic systems will and should be built in these countries, with making my references to the economic systems in the advanced countries, such as the USA, Japan, and the EU countries.

4) As the Central-Eastern European countries have accessed to the EU, I am also researching the economic relationships between Japan and the EU including the Central-Eastern European countries.

Lectures and Seminars

Lectures (Undergraduate)
European Economy
The European economic integration which started in the 1950s resulted in creating the Custom Union in the 1960s and the Single Market in the 1990s, and reached to a higher stage of the Monetary Union in the 2000s. Furthermore, 13 countries, most of which are the Central-Eastern European countries, could accessed the EU in the 2000s and 2010s. Because of the 'Deepening' and 'Enlargement', the EU has strengthened its position in the international political and economic scenes. The objective of the lecture is to give a basic knowledge of the EU, and also to give hints to understand results of the European economic integration.


Lectures (Graduate)
Economies of Russia and Easter Europe
Transition from the Socialist economic system to Market economic systems started, respectively, after the demise of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991. What was the transition, and was it successful? And, what is the status quo of these economies now? The lecture will solve these questions from the economic system theory, and from today's topics in economics, for example, the middle income trap.


Seminars (Undergraduate)
My research interest are, as described above, in the economies of Russia and Central-Eastern European countries, and in the EU economy, but students should also know how the Japanese economy operated and operates. Thus, students are encouraged to understand the status quo of economies in Japan and/or the countries above, by fully utilizing their knowledge in basic macro- and micro- economics.


Seminars (Graduate)
Master students are given guidances to accomplish their master theses to analyse problems which now occur in Russia (former Soviet countries), Central-Eastern European countries, the EU member countries and others, by utilizing their middle-level macro- and micro- economics and statistics.
Doctor students are given guidance to accomplish their doctor theses to analyze topics which they have already analysed in their master theses, by fully utilising heir advanced-level macro- and micro- economics, statistics, and other tools of advanced economics.


Main Publications
  1. "Neo-Liberalism or EU Conditions: Economic Policies in the CEECs and Balkan Countries," Manabu Sengoku, ed., The Great Dispersion: The Many Fates of Post-Communist Society, Slavic Eurasia Papers, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, No.11, 2018, 77-88.
  2. The EU in Turmoil (co-editor), Keiso-shobo, 2/2018, viii+254.
  3. Guntram B. Wolff and Masahiko Yoshii, eds, Japan and the European Union in the Global Economy, Bruegel Blueprint, No.22, March 2014.
  4. Contemporary Russian Economy (co-editor), Minerva, 4/2011, vii+286.
  5. Transition to a Market Economy in Romania: Lost 90s?, Keiso-shobo, July 2000.
  6. "The South and Eastern European Economy as a Periphery of the EU and their cross border Economic Cooperation," University of Belgrade, Journal of Asian Studies, Vol.1, No.1, 2012, pp.17-36.
  7. "Industrial Policies in Romania: How to Increase Competitiveness,"
    Kobe University Economic Review, 48, May 2003.

I would like to guide students in order that they can actively understand and solve problems that happen in Russia and the Central-Eastern European countries and the EU member countries, by utilizing their knowledge of various levels in economics. For the purpose the students are encouraged not only to attain knowledge in economics, but also to be interested in what are happening in today's globalized and complicated world.

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