Professor (Dean)
Akira Suehiro

I will lecture on emerging Asian economy and society. Asia is the most active region. Asia has served as a driving force for the world economy, while it has experienced great changes in demographic structure as well as in socio-economic structure. I expect that students not only will develop high communication capacity by using English, but also have intellectual concerns about problems facing the world and activeness of taking a step forward to tackle these problems.


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 (Thailand)
  • Study of Asian Economy
  • Politics and Economy of Southeast Asia
  • Demographic Changes in East Asia


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  • 2016
    Professor, the Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
  • 2012
    Visiting research fellow, Collegium de Lyon, Lyon, France (-2013)
  • 2009
    Director of Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo (-2012)
  • 1996
    Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
  • 1992
    Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo
  • 1991
    Ph.D. of Economics (the University of Tokyo)
  • 1987
    Associate Professor, Osaka City University
  • 1981
    Visiting Research Fellow, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (-1983)
  • 1976
    Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies (Ajia Keizai Kenkyusho)
  • 1976
    M.A. of Graduate School of Economics, the University of Tokyo

Major Publications

  • Suehiro, Akira (2014).  "Technocracy and Thaksinocracy in Thailand: Reforms of the Public Sector and the Budget System under the Thaksin Government, ”Southeast Asian Studies, Vo.3, No.2, August, pp.299-344.
  • Suehiro, Akira and Natenapha Wailerdsak (2014). “Family Business Groups in Thailand: Coping with Management Critical Points,” Asia Pacific Journal of Management, No.31, August, pp.997-1018. 
  • Suehiro, Akira (2014). Shinkou Ajia Keizairon: Kyacchiappu wo Koete (In Search of Emerging Asian Economies: Beyond Catch-up type Industrialization), Iwanami Publisher, 240 pp.
  • Suehiro, Akira and Natenapha Wailerdsak (2013). “Thailand: Post- Developmentalist Capitalism”in Michae A. Witt and Gorden Redding (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business System, Oxford: Oxford University Press, October 2013, pp.258-280.
  • Natenapha Wailerdsak and Suehiro, Akira (2010). “Business Groups in Thailand” in Asli M. Colpan et al (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 237-266.
  • Suehiro, Akira (2009). Tai: chusinkoku no Mosaku (Thailand: Challenge A Middle-income Country), Iwanami Pocketbook, 230 + 17pp.
  • Suehiro, Akira (2008). Catch-up Industrialization: The Trajectory and Prospects of East Asian Economies, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.
  • Suehiro, Akira (2005). "Who Manages and Who Damages the Thai Economy?  The Technocracy, the Four Core Agencies System and Dr. Puey's Networks," in T. Shiraishi and P. N. Abinales (eds.), After the Crisis: Hegemony, Technocracy and Governance in Southeast Asia, Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, March, pp.15-68.
  • Suehiro, Akira (1989). Capital Accumulation in Thailand, 1855-1985, Tokyo: UNESCO The Center for East Asian Cultural Studies.


Academic leaders of joint research projects with research funds granted by the Ministry of Education, Scineces, and Technology.
  • Chair, Comparison of Social Changes in Eight East Asian Countries/Region by Using Population Census Surveys, April 2014- March 2017
  • Member, Interaction between Economic Transformation and Political Changes in Emerging States, April 2013- March 2018
  • Chair, Employment Security and Responses to Newly Emerging Social Risks in East Asia, April 2011- March 2014
  • Chair, Livelihood Security and Pension Schemes/Retirement Funds in East Asia, April 2008- March 2011
  • Chair, Company Benefits and State's Social Security System in East Asia, April 2005- March 2008