About me

Asei ITO is an associate 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 as well as 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 China Unmanned Aerial System Industry Report 2017: An emerging industry from an emerging economy (the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, in Japanese), and one of co-editors of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment Data (University of Tokyo, 2014, in English) and Understanding Contemporary China: Lecture Series at the University of Tokyo (University of Tokyo Press, 2014, in Japanese).

Here is a recent output: The Asian Economy: Contemporary Issues and Challenges (Kenta Goto, Tamaki Endo, Asei Ito ed, forthcoming in 2020)

Here is an outreach post by the UTokyo: https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/focus/en/features/z1304_00076.html



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


Associate 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.

04/2017-03/2018 Shenzhen Univesity, China (Visiting Scholar at China Center for Special Economic Zone Studies).



The Chinese Economy

Industrial Clusters in China and Japan

FDI and economic relations between China and emerging economies



Japan Academy of Small Business Studies, Award for Young Researcher (2011)

Tadao KIYONARI Memorial Prize (2016)

Masayoshi OHIRA Memorial Prize (2017)