The book covers the results of trial and error of regional economies in Japan, Korea, Austria, New Zealand, and the UK over the past two decades. Since the end of the cold war, regional economies have been struggling to meet the demands of global change, and are trying to find a new approach based on "inter-regional cooperation" to survive and develop further.
This book focuses on the circumstances of regional economies worldwide as well as three important issues of concern: commercial and policy issues, international trade, and promoting a regional approach in international tourism. The book presents case studies of five countries and examines the possibility of application to other regions. Although every region has suffered from the decline of traditional industries in the face of international competition, academic analysis of successful cases are particularly useful and relevant to the reforms of regional economies and their development. This book also discusses the current problems of FTAs, tourism, medical management, and regional management and suggests possible short-term development strategies. Regional economies have begun a number of initiatives in these fields in the globalized world. The book demonstrates the current results of such initiatives.
The book also explores new patterns of collaboration between regions of different countries following their recent initiatives.
Table of Contents
Preface, Susumu Egashira 1. Regional Policy in a Globalized Economy, Gunther Maier and Michaela Trippl Part 1: Free Trade Area in Asia 2. The Effect of Intermediate and Final Goods Trade on Labor Demands in Japanese Manufacturing Firms, Sachiko Kazekami and Masahiro Endoh 3. The Characteristics and Perspective of FTAs in China, Yuhong Sun 4. The Effect of Regional Trade Agreements on Technology Spillovers through International Trade, Naoto Jinji, Xingyuan Zhang and Shoji Haruna 5. Currency Cooperation between ASEAN Countries and China, Japan and Korea, Chan-Guk Huh Part 2: Tourism 6. Events and Networking in Tourism Marketing Destinations, Juergen Gnoth, Luisa Andreu and Rafael Curras-Perez 7. The Status of E-Tourism in Hokkaido and Austria, Alfred Taudes and Akiko Tanaka 8. Analysis of the Traffic Lines of Tourists that Visited Kamikawa District in Hokkaido based on Data from the Kamui Mintara Stamp Rally, Nozomi Kichiji 9. Analysis Concerning Person's Perception of the Farm Village Landscape, Tomochika Toguchi Part 3: Medical Management 10. Quality Initiatives in Healthcare, Tomonori Hasegawa 11. Analysis of Hospital Function for Neuronal and Circulatory Diseases in Secondary Medical Service Area in Hokkaido, Katsuhiko Ogasawara, Ryoya Asaoka, Yuji Sase, Tomoki Ishikawa and Kenji Fujimori 12. Japan Global Marketing Strategy of One of the World's Leaders in Printing Technology "Heidelberger Druckmaschinen", Ralf T. Kreutzer Part 4: Marketing Strategy 13. Competitive Strategy of Small Manufacturing Firms, Kenichi Tamai