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Masaaki Kuboniwa

Hitotsubashi University, Japan

 M. Kuboniwa (with a Ph.D. in Economics from Hitotsubashi). is a Professor Emeritus and a Specially Appointed Professor of Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, which is a top ranking institution of economics and management in Japan. He received the degree of honorable doctor from the Central Mathematics and Economics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2003 and was named a Leontief Medal laureate by the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 2004. He has written numerous books and articles in Japanese, English which has been published by noted publishers and journals, including Oxford University Press and Journal of Comparative Economics. One of his recent books was awarded the Academic Book Prize by the Pan Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS) in 2012. His recent research areas include the various impacts of oil prices on eastern European economies, the EU, Asia and others, and international input-output linkages of eastern European economies, the EU, Asia and the USA as well. He initiated research on GVCs at an APEC conference in Singapore in 2011.

He is the author of the following books: Two Asias (with Steven Rosefielde et al., World Scientific Publishing Company, 2011), Overcoming the Crisis: Economic and Financial Developments in Asia and Europe (Coedited with Š. Bojnec and J.C. Brada), Koper: University of Primorska Press, 2012, Prevention and Crisis Management: Lessons for Asia from the 2008 Crisis (Coedited with S. Rosefielde and S. Mizobata), Singapore: World Scientific Publisher, 2013, International Perspectives on Financing Higher Education, (Coedited with J. C. Brada and B. Bienkovski), Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, BRICs Economy and Global Value Chains, (Coauthored Bo Meng et al.), Shanghai People’s Publisher, 2016, The Unwinding of the Globalist Dream (Coedited with S. Rosefilede et al.) World Scientific publisher, 2017.

His recent articles or presentations are “A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Oil Prices on Oil-Rich Emerging Economies in the Pacific Rim,” Journal of Comparative Economics (published by Elsevier). 42 (2), 2014: 328–339, “A Comparative Analysis of Energy and Material Efficiency in Japan and Taiwan,” Invited Keynote Paper to International Seminar on Energy Efficiency at NCKU, Taiwan, May 2017, “Russia’s Global Value Chain Using Modified World Input-Output Data.” Eastern European Economics (published by Taylor & Francis), 53 (4), 2015:277-308, “Global Value Chains among Russia, China, the EU, the USA and Japan.” Invited Paper to European Association of Comparative Economic Studies, 2015, “Decomposition of Gross Exports into Value-Added: an Alternative Accounting System,” Paper presented to International Input-Output Conference in Seoul, 2015; CESSA Working Paper, 2016, “Introduction to Global Value Chains,” Input-Output Relations (PAPAIOS), 24(1), 2016: 14-34, Invited Lectures at NCCU October 2016, NCKU May, 2018, and Kunshan University, November 2018, “Global Value Chains with Sustainability in Europe,” Invited Keynote Paper to an International Conference at Lazarski University, Warsaw, November, 2018. He has taught comparative economics of global value chains of eastern European economies and Asia for Japanese and foreign students from the USA, Germany, Sweden, Czech, Poland, Mexico, India, China, Vietnam, and Africa at graduate school of Hitotsubashi university and universities in New Zealand and Taiwan who are now on leading positions in Japan or foreign countries. He has also taught energy economics and global business chains for foreign executives in Japan, based on a World Bank master program in English.

He has served as Director of the Institute and Research Director of one of its centers at Hitotsubashi University. He also served as the president of Japanese ACES (Association for Comparative Economic Studies) and an executive officer of the US ACES. He has joined editorial boards of several economic journals, including Comparative Economic Studies, Economic Systems and the economic journal of Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow.

He has consulted the World Bank, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), METI (Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), and Japan Cabinet Office for developments of statistics and policy. He has also consulted JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation; former Export-Import Bank of Japan), JOI (Japan Institute for Overseas Investment), Toyota, Nissan, Mizuho Securities Company, Nomura Asset Management and Marubeni, etc. for governmental and private investment. In addition, he served as a deputy chairman for academic evaluation of all Japanese national universities at the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE) for 2016-2017.