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My major is both economic history of Japan and economic development / development economics. I have been attempted to crosslink the studies on economic history and development economics. My research field is developmental history of industrial districts, especially silk weaving industry in Japan. My major research questions are: Why does agglomeration occur? What kind of advantages does agglomeration offer? How does mechanism work to facilitate production in industrial cluster? To answer the above questions, I have been researching on the development of Nishijin, Kiryu, and Fukui, which have been popular silk weaving clusters in Japan. The characteristics of my analytical methods are not only to compare the development paths in three clusters, but also to observe their development in global economic history. I believe that such explorations into three contrasting clusters enables me to analyze 'comparative cluster development'.
I also focus on the development of 'Kyoto as industridal district', which includes Nishijin. The major characteristic of Kyoto from the viewpoint of industrial structure is both traditional industry and modern industry have prospered. Kyoto had been capital in Japan with the most advanced technologies for producing luxurious goods. It is well known that many western technologies were introduced to Kyoto after Meiji Restoration. I would like to know how people in Kyoto combined western technologies with their traditional ones. In addition, I am exploring the relationship between Kyoto and Lyon in France, which was the most advanced silk weaving cluster that affected Nishijin in various ways.
Education and Positions
Ph.D in Economics, Hitotsubashi University (2002)
Research Associate, Department of Economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo (1998-2000)
Lecturer, Department of Economics, Komazawa University, Tokyo (2000-2004)
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University (2004-2013)
Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University (2013 to present)
University of New South Wales (2007), George Washington University (2011-12), London School of Economics and Political Science (2011), Stanford University (2016-17), University of Cape Town (2019), Asian Growth Institute (2019 to Present), and Université de Lyon 2 (2020).
Lectures and Seminars
For Undergraduate Students
Seminar for Freshmen
Economic History of Modern Japan (Q3, 2019)
For Graduate Students
Comparative Economic History (Q4, 2019)
Economic History of Japan
You can find detailed course descriptions here
The purpose of undergraduate seminar is to develop the ability to understand how and why Japan achieved Modern Economic Growth.
The biggest goal of this seminar is to complete MA Thesis and Dissertation with quality high enough to be published in academic journals.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7)
- "The Rise and Fall of Industrialization : The Case of Silk Weaving District in Modern Japan", Australian Economic History Review 60-1, 2019 (with Keijiro Otsuka).
- Industrial Districts in History and the Developing World, Springer (Tomoko Hashino and Keijiro Otsuka eds., 2016).
- "Cluster-Based Industrial Development in Contemporary Development Countries and Modern Japanese Economic History", Journal of the Japanese and International Economies 30, 2013 (with Keijiro Otsuka).
- "Beyond Marshallian Agglomeration Economies: The Roles of the Local Trade Association in a Meiji Japan Weaving District (1868-1912)", Business History Review 87, 2013 with Takafumi Kurosawa).
- "Hand Looms, Power Looms, and Changing Production Organizations: The Case of the Kiryu Weaving District in Early Twentieth-Century Japan", Economic History Review 66-3, 2013 (with Keijiro Otsuka).
- "Institutionalising Technical Education: The Case of Weaving Districts in Meiji Japan", Australian Economic History Review 52-1, 2012.
- "Industrial District, the Rise and Growth of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Mechanical Engineering in the Higashi-Mikawa District", Japanese Research in Business History (volume24), 2008.
- "Tradition and Interaction: Research Trends in Modern Japanese Industrial History", Australian Economic History Review 44-3, 2004 (with Osamu Saito).