About me

Asei ITO is an assistant professor at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. He graduated from Graduate school of Economics, University of Keio, Japan and also studied at the People’s University of China, Beijing and Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou during his graduate course. His research covers the Chinese industrial development and related China’s outward FDI activities in Asia. He is the author of Industrial Clusters in Contemporary China: “The Workshop of the World” and A Bottom-up Economic Development (the University of Nagoya Press, 2015, in Japanese) and one of co-editors of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment Data (University of Tokyo, 2014) and Understanding Contemporary China: Lecture Series at the University of Tokyo (University of Tokyo Press, 2014, in Japanese).



Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 113-0033

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Encouraged Researcher, Faculty of Economics, KEIO University


Research Fellow, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science


Project Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Research Fellow, National Institute of Humanities, Japan


Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo



1) Degree

M.A. in Economics, Keio University, Japan (March 2009).

Master Thesis Title: Growth and Development of ‘Hub’ Industrial Cluster in China: The Case of Yiwu Commodity Market (in Japanese)

Ph.D. in Economics, Keio University, Japan (July 2014)

Dissertation Title: Industrial Clusters of ‘China as the Workshop of the World’ (in Japanese)


2) Oversea Research Activities

09/2006-08/2007 People’s University of China, Beijing, China.

02/2011-09/2011 Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.



The Chinese Economy

Industrial Clusters in China and Japan

FDI and economic relations between China and emerging economies