Regular Addressing Positive and Negative Aspects of Globalization~Market and Disparities Issues


Implementing Agency The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan) Year 1/2
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 17,593,298yen
Project Outline
With the aim of proposing measures to reduce disparities, this project will study the cause-and-effect relationship between globalization and growing disparities between countries and regions.
Implementation Plan
The following activities will be implemented during the final year of this two-year project:
  • Research
    Research will continue to be outsourced to the following three parties, as in the previous year.
    • International Futures Forum (a UK-based foundation)
      This organization will study the impacts of the advance of globalization (trade, investment, technology transfer, etc.), on economic growth especially in developing countries.
    • Motoshige Itoh (Ph.D.) (Professor, The University of Tokyo)
      Dr. Itoh will study the inability to meet BHN: basic human needs (for example food, clothing and housing, plus safe water, basic education, health care, etc.) plus the current wealth disparities, and their negative externalities (diseconomies) in global society.
    • Dr. Rajiv Kumar (Director General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, FICCI)
      Dr. Kumar will calculate the costs of providing for or meeting BHN.
  • Second review meeting (May 2011, in Tokyo)
    With the participation of about 15 persons having expertise in economics and other fields from Japan and other countries, this review meeting will discuss the findings of studies under activity 1. above, and a framework for policy recommendations to deal with globalization and disparities. The meeting will also make preparations for the international symposium described under activity 3. below and prepare policy recommendations.
  • International symposium (between November 2011 and January 2012, in Tokyo)
    In addition to the members of the review meetings above, several renowned experts will be invited from Japan and overseas to this international symposium (with both public and closed sessions), where the findings of studies will be reported and policy recommendations be announced.
  • Secretariat activities
    The project Secretariat will engage in travel and meetings in order to manage the outsourcing of studies, and to organize the meetings and symposium.
Project Results
In fiscal 2011, the project outsourced the implementation of a survey into current global disparity and the effects of globalization.
In May 2011, the project held a review conference in Kyoto to study the findings of this survey and discuss a framework for submitting a recommendation. In October 2011, Forum 2000 was held in Prague, during which we put forward a recommendation for a framework for a new international aid system to eradicate poverty.