MITO Takamichi 水戶考道

Research Projects


  • Deregulation in the Japanese Economy: The Case of the Oil Industry
  • MITO Takamichi
    1 April 2002
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    In response to a series of crises since the burst of the bubble economy, Japan has attempted to deregulate its economy so as to revitalize the fragile financial and corporate system and to overcome costly overproduction capacity with a weak domestic demand. This study aims; (1) to review the characteristics of Japan.s regulation of the oil industry; (2) to outline the deregulation process; (3) to assess the impact of the deregulation on the oil industry; and (4) to analyse the impact of deregulation on business-government relations.
    This is part of a series of study on government-business relations in Japan by this investigator. The study of the government.s regulation in the 1960s and 1970s have already been carried out and published by the author. This is an expansion of this research and focuses on new development since the mid-1980s.
    The significance of this study lies in the fact that deregulation is deemed to be a critical step forward for the revitalization of this second largest economy in the world. Its outcome can profoundly affect the well-beings of not only Japan but also many other economies including Hong Kong. The study of the oil industry can provide a critical angle to examine this issue because the Japanese government has extensively regulated this sector throughout the post war era as oil is a strategic commodity for industrial growth and economic well-beings and is mostly imported from politically fragile Middle East. (AL01408)



Research Publications


  • "Crisis Management and International Students' Education: The Outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong and International Exchange Students". The Journal of International Students Education vol.8. Tokyo, Japan: Japan Association for International Students Education, 2003.12. pp.261-280.



  • Forum: The International Chambers of Commerce - Chief Economist David O'Rear of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Hong Kong SAR: Weekly Hong Kong, 2004.07.22.



  • Forum: The International Chambers of Commerce - Executive Director Andrew Kwok of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong. Hong Kong SAR: Weekly Hong Kong, 2004.08.26.



  • "The Outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong and International Student Exchange Preograms with Japanese and Other Universities". Global Networking in Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education, Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education Studies ed. by Rita Takahashi, Yuko Miyazoe-Wong, Toshiyuki Yamaguchi & Maggie Leung. Hong Kong SAR: Society of Japanese Language Education, HK, 2005.03.21. pp.373-382.



  • "The Outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong and the Response of the Japanese Community". Global Networking in Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education, Japanese Studies and Japanese Language Education Studies ed. by Rita Takahashi, Yuko Miyazoe-Wong, Toshiyuki Yamaguchi, Maggie Leung. Hong Kong SAR: Society of Japanese Language Education, HK, 2005.03.21. p.360-372.


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