Hirofumi ARAI

Director and Senior Research Fellow, Research Division

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1965 Born in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture
March 1990 Graduated from the Engineering Research Program at the Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, specializing in urban engineering (Master of Engineering)
April 1990 Joined Niigata Prefectural Office (including secondments to Far Eastern Russia and the Economic Planning Agency)
April 1999 – March 2004 Seconded to ERINA (Research Division and External Relations Division)
April 2005 Seconded to ERINA (Director, General Affairs Department)
April 2006 Deputy Director, General Affairs Division and Manager, PR & Planning Division
April 2008 Joined ERINA, Deputy Director, Research Division
April 2010 Associate Research Fellow, Research Division & Deputy Director, General Affairs Division
April 2011 Senior Research Fellow, Research Division & Deputy Director, General Affairs Division

Other

2009 to present Niigata University part-time lecturer (Sub-major “Northeast Asia Socio-Economic Seminar”)
2010 to present Greater Tumen Initiative Transport Expert Group member
2015 to present Northeast Asian Gas and Pipeline Forum (NAGPF) Secretariat Member
2014–2017 The Association for Northeast Asia Regional Studies (ANEARS) Executive Board Member
2015–2017 Northeast Asian Studies & Exchange Network (NEASE-NET) Board Member
2016–2020 Special Adviser to the Second-Stage Board of Directors, Heilongjiang Province Northeast Asia Study Group
2017 to present Emeritus Professor, Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences

Major Projects & Research Interests

  • Research relating to the development of the logistics environment in Northeast Asia
  • Research relating to energy cooperation in Northeast Asia
  • Research relating to Russian Far East development policy
  • Research relating to the Northeast Asian exchange measures of Japan Sea coast local governments

FY2017 Research / Activities / Projects

  • Northeast Asian structural reform and intraregional cooperation [independent study]
  • The current situation and challenges for the development of Northeast Asian transportation corridors [independent study]
  • Northeast Asian energy cooperation under the Paris Agreement [independent study]
  • The development of multimodal transportation in Northeast Asia [independent study]
  • The economic development of the Russian Far East [independent study]

Activities at ERINA

FY2016 The current situation and challenges for Northeast Asian transportation corridors  [independent study]
Northeast Asian energy cooperation under the Paris Agreement  [independent study]
Evaluation of the potential for Russian Far East economic development  [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia  [independent study]
Northeast Asian structural reform and intraregional cooperation  [independent study]
The Current Situation and Challenges for Technological Innovation Institutions in China, Japan, Germany and the EU  [Beijing Research Center for Science of Science commissioned research]
Basic Data Collection and Organization Project Concerning the Current Situation of Russian Ports  [The Overseas Coastal Area Development Institute of Japan commissioned research]
“ERINA Report” and “Northeast Asian Economic Review” editorial committee member
Planning and preparatory work for the “Japan–Russia Energy and Environment Dialogue in Niigata”
Planning and preparatory work for the “Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)”
FY2015 The current situation and challenges for Northeast Asian transportation corridors  [independent study]
Northeast Asian energy security  [independent study]
Northeast Asian natural gas cooperation  [independent study]
Evaluation of the potential for Russian Far East economic development  [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia  [independent study]
Survey into the Trans-Japan Sea Pipeline Concept  [commission from Niigata Prefecture]
“ERINA Report” editor in chief
Planning and preparatory work for the “Japan–Russia Energy and Environment Dialogue in Niigata”
Planning and preparatory work for the “Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)”
FY2014 The current situation and challenges for Northeast Asian transportation corridors  [independent study]
Northeast Asian energy security  [independent study]
Northeast Asian natural gas cooperation  [independent study]
Evaluation of the potential for Russian Far East economic development  [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia  [independent study]
Survey into the Trans-Japan Sea Pipeline Concept  [commission from Niigata Prefecture]
Support for the Construction of Trade Routes to Northeastern China Utilizing Ports on the Sea of Japan Coast  [supported project]
Planning and preparatory work for the “Japan–Russia Energy and Environment Dialogue in Niigata”
Planning and preparatory work for the “Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)”
FY2013 The challenges and future prospects for the development of Northeast Asia transportation corridors  [independent study]
Northeast Asian energy security  [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia  [independent study]
Supporting work concerning the “Research and Examination Project relating to Measures for Raising the Efficiency of International Distribution between Japan and Russia via the Russian Far Eastern Region and the Trans-Siberian Railway, etc., and the Current Situation for Distribution in the Countries of Central Asia”  [Commission from the Japan Research Institute]
Survey into the Trans-Japan Sea Pipeline Concept  [Commission from Niigata Prefecture]
Management of the Northeast Asia Natural Gas Development and Utilization Research Group
Planning and preparatory work for the “Japan–Russia Energy and Environment Dialogue in Niigata”
Planning and preparatory work for the “Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)”
FY2012 The challenges and future prospects for the development of Northeast Asia transportation corridors [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia [independent study]
Survey on the Integrated Transportation Infrastructure of the Transportation Corridors Crossing the Greater Tumen Region and the Rendering Seamless of Border Crossing [Commission from the GTI]
Survey into the Formation of Port Project Proposals in the Russian Far East [Commission from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism]
Survey into the Changes in the Business Environment in the Russian Far East [Commission from the City of Niigata]
Provision of Information on the Russian Far East [Commission from the Hokkaido Intellect Tank]
Investigative Survey on Energy Utilization [Commission from Seiro Town]
Management of the Northeast Asia Natural Gas Development and Utilization Research Group
Planning and preparatory work for the “Japan–Russia Energy and Environment Dialogue in Niigata”
Planning and preparatory work for the “Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)””/td>
FY2011 Northeast Asia transportation corridors [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia [independent study]
Fact-Finding Survey on the Regulations, etc., for the Support of the Expansion into Russia of Enterprises, including in Transportation and Logistics [Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) Commission]
The International Collaboration in Cooperation and Integration among the Countries of Northeast Asia in the Area of Transportation and Logistics [KOTI Commission]
Survey on the Integrated Transportation Infrastructure of the Transportation Corridors Crossing the Greater Tumen Region and the Rendering Seamless of Border Crossing [GTI Commission]
Information collection in the China Railways sphere relating to the Investigation of the Transportation Infrastructure of Mongolia’s South Gobi [Japan Research Institute Commission]
Survey on the Current Status of Russia–DPRK and Russia–ROK Economic Projects [Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Commission]
Survey on the Prospects for the Supply to Japan of Natural Gas from Eastern Russia [City of Niigata Commission]
Management of the Northeast Asia Natural Gas Development and Utilization Research Group
FY2010 Northeast Asia transportation corridors [independent study]
The economy of (Far Eastern) Russia [independent study]
Niigata and Northeast Asia [independent study]
Survey on the current status of and the potential for participation by firms within Niigata Prefecture in local projects in the Russian Far East [survey commissioned by Niigata Prefecture]
Investigation into the actual situation for Japan Sea Rim region distribution [survey commissioned by the Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau]
Management of the Northeast Asia natural gas development and utilization research group
Preparatory work for staging the Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)
FY2009 The state of development of and promotion measures for the utilization of Northeast Asia transportation corridors [independent study]
Research related to the policy for the development of the Far East and Zabaykalye [independent study]
Local subregions and Northeast Asia [independent study]
Survey into the Potential for Economic Cooperation between Niigata Prefecture and the Russian Far East [survey commissioned by Niigata Prefecture]
Research into the Economic Cooperation with Northeast Asia in the Hokuriku Region [survey commissioned by the Hokuriku Construction Association]
Coordination of the Nagaoka City Study Group for the Promotion of the Utilization of Niigata Port and Harbour [work commissioned by Nagaoka City]
Preparatory work for staging the Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE)
Preparatory work for staging the Japan–Russia Energy and Environment Dialogue
FY2008 Self-initiated and commissioned research on transportation links
Staging all kinds of international conferences
FY2007 General Affairs Division, PR & Planning Division duties
Staging the Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development
FY2006 General Affairs Division, PR & Planning Division duties
Staging the Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development
Supporting international exchange between companies

Major Publications

Title Publishing Company Year of Publication
Northeast Asian Energy Security: The future for eastward aiming Russia and Japan, pp. 1–18  [in Japanese] Nippon Hyoronsha Co., Ltd. 2016
Sixty Chapters to Understand Present-Day Russia (Second Edition), pp. 286–290 [in Japanese] Akashi Shoten 2012
Russian Far East Handbook, pp. 39–46 [in Japanese] Toyo Shoten 2012
The Challenges Confronting Northeast Asia and International Cooperation: The Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development (NICE) [in Japanese] Nippon Hyoronsha Co., Ltd. 2012

Major Papers

Title Journal Publisher Year of Publication
“Yidai yilu” shi Dongbeiya quyu hezuo de “nifeng” ma? [Is the “One Belt, One Road” a Counterwind for Northeast Asian Regional Cooperation?]  [in Chinese] Eluosi Xuekan [Academic Journal of Russian Studies], 2017 Issue No. 1 (Vol. 37), pp. 43–47 Heilongjiang University February 2017
The Rise of Eurasian Logistics and the Renewed Quickening of Japan Sea Logistics  [in Japanese] Transportation and Economics, Vol. 76, No. 12, pp. 77–83 Institute of Transportation Economics December 2016
Market Quality in the Russian Far East from the Viewpoint of Company Management: Preliminary Report on Microeconomic Comparative Analysis with  ERINA Discussion Paper, No. 1602e, pp. 1–144 ERINA October 2016
The Current Status for Business Development Corresponding to the New Russian Far East Regional Development Policy (co-authored)  [in Japanese;  ERINA Report, No. 131, pp. 17–33 ERINA August 2016
Regional Policy Coordination for Developing International Transportation Corridors: A Case of the Greater Tumen Region E-Trade Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 27–51 Korea E-Trade Researcher, Chung-Ang University August 2016
Japan–Russia Economic Relations with Emphasis on Energy Cooperation  Japan–Russia Relations: Implications for the U.S.–Japan Alliance, pp. 101–110 Sasakawa USA 2016
Toward Expanding Japan–Russia–China Multimodal Transportation (co-authored)  [in English; summary in Japanese] ERINA Report, No. 125, pp. 1–19 ERINA August 2015
The Current Situation and Challenges for the Regional Development of the Far East and Zabaykalye  [in Japanese] Russia’s Far East and Siberia Development and Japan’s Economic Security, pp. 55–70 ERINA March 2015
Russia Turning toward the East: The distribution and energy infrastructure of the Far East, the putting in place of which is proceeding  [in Japanese] Northeast Asian Economic Partnerships: The changing economic map of seventy years post-war, pp. 7–28 Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) March 2015
The Changes in China–Russia Trade Relations and the New Developments in Border Logistics (co-authored)  [in Japanese; summary in English} ERINA Report, No. 119, pp. 35–48 ERINA August 2014
The Process of Formulating Regional Development Strategies in China: With an eye on comparison with Japan (co-authored)  [in Japanese] Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, No. 20, pp. 87–101  The Association for Northeast Asia Regional Studies (ANEARS) June 2014
Industries, Intermodal Logistics and Ports in Far Eastern Russia: Current Status and Future Projects (co-authored) Proceedings of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, Vol. 9 (P179), 2013 (online) Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) November 2013
Current Situation and Future Prospects of Freight Transport Infrastructure and Services between Japan and the Greater Tumen Region (GTR) ERINA Report, No. 111, pp. 115–136 ERINA May 2013
“Eluosi Yuandong yu Riben jingmao hezuo de xianzhuang ji zhanwang” [The Current Situation and Future Prospects for Economic and Trade Cooperation between the Russian Far East and Japan] [in Chinese] Eluosi Xuekan [Academic Journal of Russian Studies], 2012 Issue No. 6, pp. 82–86 Heilongjiang University December 2012
The Maritime Transportation Freight Flow Volumes between Japan and the Northeast Asian Region [in Japanese] ERINA Report, No. 108, pp. 43–49 ERINA November 2012
Study of the Structure of the Policy Documents concerned with the Promotion of the Regional Development Policies for Eastern Russia: Basic research to obtain a systematic understanding of Russia’s regional development policy [in Japanese] Journal of the City Planning Institute of Japan, Vol. 46, No. 3 (CD-ROM only) City Planning Institute of Japan November 2011
The State of Development of the Regional Development Policies for the Russian Far East [in Japanese; Summary in English] ERINA Report, No. 101, pp. 18–50 ERINA September 2011
The Russian Far Eastern Region’s Regional Development Strategy and Regional Cooperation with Neighboring Countries [in Japanese] City Planning Review, Vol. 60, No. 2, 290, pp. 68–71 City Planning Institute of Japan April 2011
“Il-bon-ui Dong-bug-a-si-a mul-lyu-jeong-chaeg” [Japan’s Northeast Asian Distribution Policy] [in Korean] Monthly Magazine of Transportation Policy, Vol. 160, pp. 6–12 The Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) June 2011
Trends in the Regional Development of the Russian Far East and the Evolution of International Cooperation [in Japanese] The Impact on the Russian Economy of the Financial Crisis and Japan–Russia Trade Report, pp. 54–67 Institute for International Trade and Investment March 2010
Developments in the Upgrading of the Transportation Corridors Supporting Intraregional Northeast Asian Distribution and Examination concerning the Policy Responses [in Japanese; summary in English] ERINA Report, Vol. 89, pp. 51–63 ERINA August 2009
Trends in the Regional Development of the Russian Far East and Developments in China–Russia Interregional Exchange [in Japanese] The Russian Economy and Business Environment Amid the Financial Crisis, pp. 181–190 Institute for International Trade and Investment March 2009
The Reconstruction of City Promotion Strategies via the Forwarding of Exchange with Northeast Asia [in Japanese] New City Promotion Strategies: The Practical Utilization of Regional Resources and Globalization, pp. 93–109 Japan Association of City Mayors 2008
The Economic Interchange with the Northeast Asian Region of the Far East and Zabaykalye Program and Russia [in Japanese] Report on Changes in Russia’s Politico-Economic Environment and its Impact on Business with Russia, pp. 60–70 Institute for International Trade and Investment March 2008
Prospects for Economic Cooperation in Northeast Asia and the Role of Far Eastern Russia [in Russian] The Russian Far East: The Environment and Challenges of Economic Integration with the Asia-Pacific Region, pp. 18–30 Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service Publishing House 2005
The Current Situation and the Development Strategies of Northeast Asia Prospects for Northeast Asian Development, pp. 35–46 The Japan Institute of International Affairs 2003
The Reform of Public Utility Charges Needed in Russia’s Fiscal Deficit Reduction ESP (Economy Society Policy), April 1999 edition, pp. 56–59 Economic Planning Association 1999
How to Charge Public Utilities in Russia Properly The Third Report of the Joint Research Project on the Russian Economic Reform, pp. 79–95 Economic Planning Agency (Japan) and Ministry of Economy (Russia) 1999
Industrial Policy for Structual Change Toward Economic Growth in Russia The Second Report of the Joint Research Project on the Russian Economic Reform, pp. 60–72 Economic Planning Agency (Japan) and Ministry of Economy (Russia) 1999