US-J-SEA Fellowship Year 1 Fellow: Kyoko Suzuki

Residency: February - March 2019
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BiographyKyoko Suzuki

Kyoko Suzuki worked as an Economic Analyst and Assistant to the Minister-Counselor at the Embassy of Chile in Japan (2015-2016), and as a Special Assistant for Trade Negotiation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (2016-2018). She was deeply engaged in the trade negotiations with ASEAN and other Asia-Pacific Countries, such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), China-Japan-Korea FTA and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). As her main negotiating field was on Non-Tariff Measures (NTM), such as the Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, her research will focus on cooperation in the area of Technical Barriers to Trade, especially in the automotive industry. Suzuki studied at the Graduate School of Economics in Kyushu University with the research theme “Industrialization of ASEAN countries: Example of the Vietnamese Automotive Industry.” 

Research Topic: Reducing Non-Tariff Barriers through Economic Partnership Agreements: Possible Approaches for U.S.-Japan-ASEAN Cooperation

This research project focuses on the importance of the reduction of technical barriers to trade and its impact to the U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia economic partnership. It examines the experience of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the U.S. and Japan in the field of technical barriers to trade through bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), and try to assess the effectiveness of the future cooperation and possible FTA between the U.S., Japan and Southeast Asia, with the strong hope for the participation of the U.S. in the FTA networks developed in Asia Pacific. The research is mainly developed by means of policy survey and field researches, including interview to academics, government authorities, and standard related bodies. As its outcome, the research will provide the idea of what kind of rule making is necessary and effective to enhance the economic partnership between the U.S., Japan and Southeast Asia. The fellow’s previous experience in the trade negotiations with ASEAN, and the abundant field researches planned during the project will help this research to provide a pragmatic policy proposal, reflecting the real situation and problems happening in the scenery of international trade and its procedures..

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