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MIGA Research Fields and Overview 2016-2017


A New Order of the Asia-Pacific
Project Leader: Professor Yoriko Kawaguchi, Professor Tsuyoshi Ito
Having in mind the ongoing power transition in the Asia-Pacific region, the project focuses its analysis on the following themes as a three-year project since AY 2014 : ① A great Power in the 21st century, ② The power transition and the economic interdependence, ③ A desirable way of co-existence in the Asia-Pacific region 

Middle East Situation
Project Leader: Professor Masayuki Yamauchi, Visiting Professor Kei Nakagawa
Regional conflicts pertaining to abundant oil, the distortion of the ”Arab Spring” and the civil wars in Syria/Iraq, and the possible Iran-Israel clash highlight the importance of Middle East, the region so critical to the security and economic order of the world. The project conducts a basic research and an analysis of the region’s present state. It also focuses on a structural analysis of the region’s international relations since WWI and the geopolitical picture regarding the “Islamic State.” Lastly but not least, a historical research and field study will be done to formulate a policy proposal on the intra-regional transition.
 Economic Integration
in East Asia
Project Leader: Professor Naoaki Kobayashi
This project will analyze structural changes in East Asia caused by the rise of China’s political and economic presence. Based on it, we will consider how each economy deals with those changes and how Japan should promote regional economic cooperation in East Asia. We will also seek for a new paradigm beyond the Washington Consensus or the Beijing Consensus.
 EU studies Project Leader: Fellow Naoaki Okabe,Visiting Researcher Takao Hirosawa
This project revaluates the precise picture of EU, amid the spreading sense of uncertainty within EU region caused by the Euro crisis. It aims to follow new developments in EU and recovery of Euro, while facing the reality of crisis, and avoiding unproductive pessimism. It also aims to consider implications of the EU’s future development on the economic integration of East Asia.
 Healthcare Policy Project Leader: Visiting Professor Isao Kamae, Visiting Researcher Akio Onishi, Professor Hisakazu Kato
In recent years, there have been significant changes regarding the circumstances affecting the healthcare policy: the aging of society in the developed countries, improved living standards in the emerging economies and the advances in medical technology. Hence, there is a need to improve the level of medical care while giving considerations to sustainability. This project follows the Asian countries’ evolution of the healthcare policies and institutions, and analyzes the socio-economic conditions behind them. This year’s focus will include healthcare infrastructures, regulations and policies.
Vision and Challenge of Information Technology Development Project Leader: Fellow Tomokazu Hamaguchi, Visiting Professor Tomoe Kiyosada, Professor Aki Nakanishi
Due to the globalization of corporate activities, the supply chain has expanded and become unprecedentedly complicated. The information network serves as the foundation of this development. This project aims to prescribe the measures against the vulnerability of the information network. This year, in order to provide advice and recommendations to corporate activities and public administration, we will conduct surveys and seminars on the role of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs ) activities in disaster situations.
 Corporate Governance Project Leader: Fellow Sumitaka Fujita, Professor Yumiko Miwa
The Corporate Governance of listed companies in Japan made a substantial progress through the Stewardship Code, the revision of company law and the Corporate Governance Code introduced during the years 2014-2015. This project analyzes whether the general principles requested by the Corporate Governance Code such as strategy for the sustainable growth of corporate value enhancing capital efficiency, securing the rights of shareholders, fulfillment of the responsibility of the board, appropriate disclosure, dialogue with the shareholders, etc. are complied with and performed by companies not as forms but as matter of function including the mindset of corporate management. The project also aims to review the new trend of the corporate governance issue in Europe and USA.