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Atsuko Mizuno Last modified date:2021.07.30

Associate Professor / Fields in International Economic Analysis
Department of International Economy and Business
Faculty of Economics

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Academic Degree
Ph.D., Economics
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Doctor
Field of Specialization
Area study on Myanmar Economy, Asian Economy, Development Economics
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Research Interests
  • The Transformation of Myanmar's Economic Structure during the Civilian Government Period
    keyword : Myanmar, Industrialization, Urbanization, Rural development
  • Socio-Economic Impacts of Myanmar's Reintegration into the Global Economy on Suburban Villages
    keyword : Myanmar Economy, Industrialization, Urbanization, Rural development
  • Growth of Garment industry in the Least Developing Countries: the Case of Myanmar
    keyword : Least Developing Countries, Garment Industry, Asian economy, Area study on Myanmar Economy
  • Myanmar Economic Study : Labour Migration and Economic Development Process
    keyword : Myanmar Economy, Labour Migration, Economic Development
  • Economic Relations Between Myanmar and China
    keyword : Area Study on Myanmar Economy, China, Foreign Economic Relations
Academic Activities
1. K. Odaka (Ed.), The Myanmar Economy: Its Past, Present and Prospects, Springer, Atsuko Mizuno. 'Chapter 8.Economic Relations between Myanmar and China'. pp.195-224, 2015.11, With motivated human resources and a rich natural bounty, Myanmar is expected to take off with sustained growth and eventually attain a unique welfare state. On the basis of the authors’ field surveys and innumerable dialogues with public officials, private professionals, scholars, and others, in addition to intensive desk studies since around 2000, the present volume lays out the essential ingredients for drawing a roadmap to realise the above-mentioned objective. That goal is, specifically, financial development, adequate social capital, indigenous modern manufactures and closer international tie-ups, among others, but above all, sound agrarian development. An effort has been made to place the required ingredients in their historical contexts, as historical experiences constitute an important sociopolitical condition in which development takes place. Myanmar nationals and readers concerned with the country’s economic progress are encouraged to give serious, sustained thought to coming up with a socially supportable roadmap for the country's development path. The present volume provides valuable hints for that purpose..
1. Atsuko Mizuno, Production Migration to Labour-sending Countries and Upgrading of the Thai Garment Industry, in Hatsukano,N. ed., "Rethinking Migration Governance in the Mekong Region: From the Perspective of the Migrant Workers and Their Employers." IDE-JETRO and ERIA, 2019.02, [URL].
2. Atsuko Mizuno, Are India’s plans in Myanmar a pipeline or a pipe dream?, East Asia Forum, 2017.03, [URL].
3. Atsuko Mizuno, Sino–Japanese competition heats up over Myanmar’s SEZs, East Asia Forum, 2016.04, [URL].
1. Kenta Goto, Atsuko Mizuno, The Asian Garment Industry in Global Value Chains: An Overview / The Myanmar Garment Industry’s Position in the Global Value Chain:Focusing on Export Expansion in the 2010s, The 12th INDAS-South Asia International Conference, 2020.12.
2. Atsuko Mizuno, Production Migration to Labor-sending Countries, and Upgrading of the Thai Garment Industry, SEASIA 2017 Conference, 2017.12, Previouse study has shown that unskilled foreign workers have provided Thailand breathing space to upgrading the industry by allowing the country to continue with labor-intensive industried. It is pointed out that the garment firms, that were late in upgrading were likely to hire foreign workers during the period of structural adjustment. Thailand's cloting industry exports reached a peak in the latter half of the 2000s, and then began to show a downward trend. Meanwhile, the labour-sending countries to Thailand, especially Cambodia and Myanmar, has increased clothing exports since the begining of this century. Higher poroduction costs and labour shortage forced the garment manufactures in Thailand to implement industrial up grading, and move some production to the neighboring countries, in order to stay competitive and even achieve some growth. However, the relationship between employing foreign workers, the status of ungrading and production shifts to labor-sending countries has not been regorously assesed. The major popuse of this study is to analyse upgrading of Thai garment industry and production migration to Myanmar, the largest labour-sending country, with a focus on the evolution of the production network between these to countries. The produncion shift of garment industry from Thailand to the labour-sending countries expanded in the 2010s, in stite of coutinuouse labour immigration to the industry in Thailand. We reveal that production networks between thailand and the neighbouring countries were consolidated and that the Thai garment industry has sucseeded in upgrading while employing foreign workers trough this change..
3. A study on the Growth of Garment Industry in Myanmar with a focus on the Changing Division of Labor with Thailand.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Political Economy & Economic History Society
  • Japan Association for Asian Studies
  • Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies
  • The Society for Industrial Studies, Japan
  • Japan Association for Malaysian Studies (JAMS)