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Industrial development of East Asian countries including Japan, are good examples to be examined when we need to discuss about the effects of government policies of promoting and upgrading industrial sector. Tracing experiences of East Asian countries, we can find such characteristics of their industrial promotion policies as the active role of government in promoting national economic development and the adoption of an industry-specific policy (strategic industry approach). Owing to these policies, East Asian countries could achieve remarked economic performance from the 1960s to the 1990s as the World Bank appraised them with “The East Asian Miracle” in its report of 1993. But after the currency crisis attacked the region in 1997, the World Bank immediately criticized these countries as “crony capitalism.” At the same time, they began to request East Asian countries to introduce new policies in accordance with the Anglo-American concepts of “sound macro-economic management on the basis of market mechanism” and “innovation-driven economy.” Under such an international pressure as well as domestic request of rethinking of traditional industrial policies, an industrial cluster approach focusing on the movements of “innovation” and “linkage between manufacturing sector and non-manufacturing sector” comes to the face to overcome problems facing East Asian countries.

The project aims to explore the trajectory of industrial promotion policies in East Asia and to prospect new direction of the government policies in comparison to the experiences of EU as well as those of France. The project will be conducted on both document research of re-examining conventional theory and field works of studying industrial clusters in Lyon of France. Such research works will be made in fully collaboration with Dr. Yveline Lecler, the Professor of University of Lyon and researcher of the Institute of East Asian Studies.

Activités / CV


Akira Suehiro is a researcher and the Director of the Institute of Social Science in Tokyo since 2009. His research topics are industrial development, social security, and regional cooperation in East Asia. He is specialized in Asian economies. He obtained his PhD of Economics at the University of Tokyo in 1991. From November to December 2006, he was hired by the University of Lyon as Visiting Professor at the Institute of East Asian Studies. He is still teaching at the University of Tokyo.


Books in English

  • 2008. Catch-up Industrialization: The Trajectory and Prospects of East Asian Economies, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, March 2008, xvi + 395pp.
  • 2001. Family Business Gone Wrong? Ownership Patterns and Corporate Performance in Thailand, Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute, May 2001, 62 pp.
  • 1989. Capital Accumulation in Thailand 1855-1985, Tokyo: UNESCO The Centre for East Asian Cultural Studies, April 1989, 427pp.
  • 1985. Capital Accumulation and Industrial Development in Thailand, Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, February 1985, 505pp.

Major Articles in English

  • 2010. “Industrial Restructuring Policies in Thailand: Japanese Approach or American Approach” in Patarapong Intarakumnerd and Yveline Lecler (eds.), Sustainability of Thailand’s Competitiveness: The Policy Challenges, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010, pp.129-173.
  • 2010 (co-authors with Natenapha Wailerdsak). “Business Groups in Thailand” in Aslim Colpan, Takashi Hikino and James R. Lincoln (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 237-266.
  • 2009. “From an Industrial Policy Approach to an Industrial Cluster Approach: Japan, East Asia and Silicon Valley,” in Bernard Ganne and Yveline Lecler (eds.), Asian Industrial Clusters, Global Competitiveness and New Policy Initiatives, New Jersey: World Scientific Books, June 2009, pp. 25-68.
  • 2008. "Business Leaders in Contemporary Thailand: Politics, Business Circle, and the Chinese Community," in Takashi Shiraishi and Pasuk Phongpaichit (eds.), The Rise of Middle Classes in Southeast Asia, Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, March 2008, pp. 124-175.
  • 2006. "Economic Performance, Crisis and Institutional Reforms in East Asia and Latin America," Junji Nakagawa (ed.), Managing Development: Globalization, Economic Restructuring and Social Policy, London: Routledge, March 2006, pp.191-216.
  • 2005. "Who Manages and Who Damages the Thai Economy? The Technocracy, the Four Core Agencies System and Dr. Puey's Networks, in Takashi Shiraishi and Patricio N. Abinales (eds.), After the Crisis: Hegemony, Technocracy and Governance in Southeast Asia, Kyoto University Press, March 2005, pp.15-68.
  • 2004 (co-authors with Natenapha Wailerdsak). "Family Business in Thailand: Its Governance and Future Challenges," in ASEAN Economic Review, Vol.21, No.1, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, April 2004, pp.81-93.
  • 2004. "Social Restructuring in East Asia after the Crisis: A Bottom-Up Style or a Top-Down Style," in Takeshi Sasaki (ed.), Nature and Human Communities, Tokyo, Springer-Verlag, February 2004, pp.85-107.
  • 2003. "Determinants of Business Capability in Thailand " in K.S. Jomo and Brian Folk (eds.), Ethnic Business: Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia, Routledge, August 2003, pp.129-152.
  • 2001. "Asian Corporate Governance: Disclosure-based Screening System and Family Business Restructuring in Thailand," in Shakai Kagaku Kenkyu, Vol.52, No.5, March 2001, pp.55-97.
  • 2000. "Asian Crisis and Economic and Social Restructuring: Americanization and Social Governance," in Ippei Yamazawa (ed.), Developing Economies in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenge of Globalization, Tokyo, Institute of Developing Economies, May 2000. pp. 9-24.
  • 1999. "A Japanese Perspective on the Perception of "Ajia": From Eastern to Asian Studies," in Asian Studies Review (Australia,), Vol. 23, No.2, June 1999, pp.153-172.
  • 1999. "The Road to Economic Re-entry: Japan's Policy toward Southeast Asian Development in the 1950s and 1960s," in Social Science Japan Journal. Vol. 2, No.1, Oxford University Press, April 1999, pp. 85-105.
  • 1997. "Modern Family Business and Corporate Capabilities in Thailand: A Case Study of the CP Group," in Japanese Yearbook on Business History, No. 14, March 1997, pp.31-57.
  • 1993. “Reassessed Family Business: Enterprise Structure and Late-starting Industrialization in Thailand,” in Developing Economies (IDE), Vol.31, No.4, December 1993, pp. 378-404.

Books in Japanese

  • 2009. Tai: Chusinkoku no Mosaku (Thailand: Leaving from A Developing Country), Tokyo: Iwanami Publisher, August 2009, 230+17 pp.
  • 2006. Famili Bijinesu-ron: Kohatsu Kogyoka no Ninaite (Family Business: Agents of Late-starting Industrialization), Nagoya: Nagoya University Press, December 2006, 372 pp.
  • 2003. Sinkasuru Takokuseki Kigyo: Ima Ajia de Naniga Okiteiruka (Evolving Multi-national Corporations: What is Happening in Asia Now!), Tokyo: Iwanami Publisher, November 2003, 158 pp.
  • 2000. Kyacchi-appu Kogyoka-ron: Ajia Keizai no Kiseki to Tenbo (Catch-up Industrialization: The Trajectory and Prospects of Asian Economies), Nagoya: Nagoya University Press, November 2000, 375 pp.
  • 1996. Senzenki Tai Tetsudogyo no Hatten to Gijutusha Keisei (Development of Railways Industry and Indigenous Engineers in Pre-war Thailand), Kyoto: Kyoto University, March 1996, 512 pp.
  • 1993. Tai: Kaihatsu to Minshushugi (Thailand: Development and Democracy), Tokyo: Iwanami Publisher, September 1993, 224+14 pp.

Major Edited Books in Japanese

  • 2010. Higashi Ajia Fukushi Sisutemu no Tenbo: Nanakakoku-chiiki no Kigyofukushi to Shakai Hosho Seido (Prospects of Welfare System in East Asia: Company Benefits and Social Security System in Seven Countries), Kyoto: Minerva Shobou, March 2010, 410 pp.
  • 2009. Dai Mekon-ken wo Chugoku kara Toraenaosu (The Greater Mekong Sub-region from the Viewpoint of Mainland China), Tokyo: Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, March 2009, 220 pp.
  • 2006. Chiiki Kenkyu toshiteno Ajia (Asia Study as An Area Study), [Series of Intellectuals in Imperial Japan, volume 6], Tokyo: Iwanami Publisher, April 2006, 421+29 pp.
  • 2003. Tai no Seido Kaikaku to Kigyo Saihen: Kiki kara Saihen he (Institutional Reform and Corporate Restructuring in Thailand: From Crisis to Recovery), Chiba: Institute of Developing Economies, March 2003, 386 pp.
  • 2002. Kaihatsu no Jidai to Mosaku no Jidai (The Era of Development and the Era of Alternative), [Series of Southeast Asian History volume 9], Tokyo: Iwanami Publisher, March 2002, 391pp.
  • 2001. (Co-authors with Susumu Yamakage). Ajia Seiji Keizai-ron (Political Economy of Asia), Tokyo: NTT Publisher, February 2001, 469 pp.
  • 2000. Tai no Keizai Seisaku: Seido, Sosiki, Akuta (Economic Policy in Thailand: The Role of Institutions and Actors), Chiba: Institute of Developing Economies, January 2000, 384 pp.

(The author has edited 26 books between 1987 and 2010).