The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) and Malaysian Association of Japanese Studies (MAJAS) organize a series of public lecture on Japanese Studies annually. This year, in collaboration with University of Malaya and Universiti Sains Malaysia, we are inviting Professor URATA Shujiro, Professor of Economics at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University as the guest speaker for the said lecture series.

facepic_urataProfessor URATA Shujiro received his B.A. in Economics from Keio University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. He is a former Research Associate at the Brookings Institution and an Economist at the World Bank. He specializes in international economics. He has held numerous research and advisory positions including senior advisor to the Government of Indonesia, consultant to the World Bank, OECD and the Government of Japan. He published and edited a number of books on international economic issues and is an author and co-author of numerous articles in professional journals. His recent books include Bilateral Trade Agreements: Origins, evolution, and implications, co-editor, Routledge, 2005, Multinationals and Economic Growth in East Asia, co-editor, Routledge, 2006, Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific, co-editor, World Scientific, 2010.

Theme of the public lecture for this year will be “Regional Economic Integration in East Asia and Japan’s FTA Policy”. East Asia has seen the emergence of regional economic integration in recent decades. Two main drivers of regional economic integration are market forces and institutional arrangement. In East Asia it was market forces that led to regional economic integration in the 1980s and 1990s, while the importance of institutional arrangement such as free trade agreements increased in the 21st century. This lecture reviews recent developments and special characteristics of regional economic integration in East Asia. It then discusses FTA policies of East Asian countries with a focus on Japan’s FTA policy and it comments on future prospects of a region-wide FTA.
Details on the Lecture Series

Kuala Lumpur
Date & Time: 10 March 2010 (Wed), 10.00am ~ 12.00pm
Venue: Dewan Kuliah A, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-7967 5631 (Pn. Rofizawati)

Date & Time: 11 March 2010 (Thu), 10.00am ~ 12.00pm
Venue: Dewan Persidangan Universiti (DPU), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang
Contact: 04-653 3105 (Pn. Mudzlifah)

Organized by
The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Association of Japanese Studies (MAJAS)
Co-Organizers: University of Malaya
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Admission is free and everybody is welcomed. For further enquiry, please kindly contact The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur at 03-2284 6228 or e-mail to

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