NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia

Regional Structure and Its Change in Northeast Asia:
In Search of the Way to Coexist from the Point of View of Transborderism

The main theme of the research and discussion in this project is “Transformation of areal structure in Northeast Asia: symbiosis considered from a point of view of the trans border.” The structure of this area has been drastically changed during this twenty five years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The American power was relatively weakened, while new developing countries like China, Russia, India, and Brazil showed more presence in international relations. In order to resolve the issues, which are arising between Japan and surrounding countries like China, Russia, Mongolia, and South and North Korea, such as border conflicts, environmental issues, economic collaborations, and problems on the historical recognition, it is necessary to consider them in one areal framework and to construct a concept of “Northeast Asia.” This concept is expected to function as a research framework for the integration of present areal concepts like “East Asia,” “Far East,” and “Area surrounding Sea of Japan,” to extract a group of issues that are simultaneously born in different points and that easily spread over the area. And it is also hoped to show us not only the political and economic rivalry but also a new vision of symbiosis of the countries in this area.

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Efforts in Center for Far Eastern Studies, University of Toyama:
Evolution of International Specialization and Sustainable Utilization of Resources in Northeast Asia

Within the NIHU Area Studies project, CFES engages in the studies of economics and related fields. In the fiscal year 2016, in particular, CFES has conducted research mainly on the international division of labor in forestry and wood resources, sustainable use of these resources, and geography of vegetation in the Northeast Asian region.