Koji Kubo

What is your impression of countries in Southeast Asia? Tropical beach resorts, poor countries, or fast-growing emerging countries? Let’s take a step further and delve into and discuss the political and economic changes that are taking place in Southeast Asia.


Basic Seminar Ⅰ
Basic Seminar Ⅱ
Introduction to the Asian Economy
Area Studies Methods
Emerging Asian Economy and Society
Politics and Economy in Southeast Asia
Advanced Seminar Ⅰ
Advanced Seminar Ⅱ
Graduation Thesis

Fields of Specialization

  • Area studies (Myanmar)
  • Development economics
  • Southeast Asian economy and society


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  • 2021
    Professor, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
  • 2017
    (IDE-JETRO senior research fellow sent abroad) Visiting Researcher, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (to 2020)
  • 2012
    Researcher, Bangkok Research Center, Japan External Trade Organization (to 2016)
  • 2006
    (IDE-JETRO research fellow sent abroad) Visiting Researcher, Department of Agricultural Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Myanmar (to 2008)
  • 2001
    Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) (to 2021)
  • 2000
    Started doctoral program at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University (Doctoral degree conferred in 2018)
  • 1999
    MA in Development Economics (with distinction), University of Sussex, UK
  • 1992
    Administrative staff, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (to 1997)
  • 1992
    BA in Economics, Kyoto University

Major Publications

  • Kubo, K., B. Pritchard, and A.S. Phyo.(2021). How Chinese demand for fresh fruit and vegetable is creating new landscapes of rural development and vulnerability in Southeast Asia: Insights from the Myanmar melon frontier. Geoforum 122, 32-40.DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.03.008
  • Kubo, K., V. Sam, and Y. Chea (2021). Currency exchange under payments dollarization: converting a source of efficiency loss into a catalyst for financial development in Cambodia. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy. DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2021.1879351
  • Kubo, K. (2018). Myanmar's Foreign Exchange Market: Controls, Reforms, and Informal Market. Singapore: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1789-7
  • Kubo, K. (2017). Evolving informal remittance methods among Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 22(3), 396-413. DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2016.1268397
  • Kubo, K. (2017). Impacts of foreign exchange auctions on the informal market rate in Myanmar. Global Economic Review 46(2), 189-202. DOI: 10.1080/1226508x.2017.1292858
  • Kubo, K. (ed) (2017). Dollarization and De-dollarization in Transitional Economies of Southeast Asia. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-57768-5
  • Kubo, K. (2014). Foreign exchange market reform in Myanmar: achievements and challenges. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 31(2), 210-224. DOI: 10.1355/ae31-2d
  • Kubo, K. (2014). Myanmar's non-resource export potential after the lifting of economic sanctions: a gravity model analysis. Asia-Pacific Development Journal 21(1), 1-22. DOI: 10.18356/df0bf4ec-en
  • Kubo, K. (2013). Myanmar's two decades of partial transition to a market economy: a negative legacy for the new government. Post-Communist Economies 25(3), 357-370 DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2013.813141
  • Kubo, K. (2013). Rice yield gap between Myanmar and Vietnam: a matter of price policy or public investment in technology? Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development 10(1), 1-24. DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.199104
  • Kubo, K. (2013). Real exchange rate appreciation, resource boom, and policy reform in Myanmar. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature 27(1), 110-126. DOI: 10.1111/apel.12005
  • Kubo, K. (2012). Trade policies and trade misreporting in Myanmar. ASEAN Economic Bulletin 29(2), 146-159. DOI: 10.1355/ae29-2e
  • Kubo, K. (2011). Natural gas export revenue, fiscal balance and inflation in Myanmar. ASEAN Economic Bulletin 28(3), 374-387. DOI: 10.1355/ae28-3f
  • Kubo, K. (2008). Do foreign currency deposits promote or deter financial intermediary development in low-income countries? An empirical analysis of cross-country data. The Developing Economies 46(3), 264-289. DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-1049.2008.00066.x
  • Kubo, K. (2007). Determinants of parallel exchange rate in Myanmar. ASEAN Economic Bulletin 24(3), 264-289. DOI: 10.1355/ae24-3a
  • Kubo, K. (2006). The degree of competition in the Thai banking industry before and after the East Asian crisis. ASEAN Economic Bulletin 23(3), 325-340. DOI: 10.1355/ae23-3c


  • JSPS Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (C) "Examining separability of crop boom and land grabbing in developing countries: a case study of the melon boom in Myanmar" (FY2021-FY2025) Principal Investigator
  • JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) "Empirical analysis of the impact of Chinese Yuan trading on the US dollar market in Myanmar" (FY2018-FY2021) Co-investigator
  • JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) "Foreign exchange policy reforms and informal foreign currency transactions in Myanmar" (FY2018-FY2020) Principal Investigator
  • JICA Ogata Research Institute "Empirical study on the promotion of home currency in Cambodia" (FY2016-FY2019) Co-investigator
  • JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) "De-dollarization in Myanmar" (FY2014-FY2017) Principal Investigator