Professor, Graduate School of Economics of Kobe University
Dr. Masahiko YOSHII is professor of Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University. He was Dean of the Graduate School of Economics in November 2012 – November 2014, and is now Executive Assistant to the President from April 2015. He plays a big role in strengthening the Japan-EU academic cooperation, as he is Vice President of the EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ-Kansai), and designated as a Jean Monnet Chair Professor this year.
He has been a researcher of economics at Kobe University since 1987. He also worked at the Embassy of Japan in Bucharest, Romania in 1990-1992, and was a visiting researcher at the Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WiiW) in 2001-2002.
His major research interests are comparative economic systems, and economies of Russia and Central-Eastern European Countries.
He has published many books and papers on these subjects, such as:
- Japan and the European Union in the Global Economy, co-edited by Guntram B. Wolff, Bruegel Blueprint, No.22, March 2014
- The EU in Turmoil: Series of Economics, Law and Politics, and Management (chief editor), Keiso-shobo, 2013.
- Contemporary Russian Economy (co-editor), Minerva, 2011.
- Eurasia Booklet Series No.152, Introduction of BRICs Economies (co-author), Toyo Shoten, 2010.
- Transition to Market Economies (co-editor), Sekai-Shiso-sha, 2002.
- Transition to a Market Economy in Romania: Lost 90s?, Keiso-shobo, 2000.
On the basis of these active researches, he serves as vice editor of Russian and East European Studies (the Japanese Association for Russian and East European Studies), and is a managing member of the Japan Economic Policy Association.