Kansai and the Asia Pacific Economic Outlook

Kansai and the Asia Pacific, Economic Outlook : 2022-23

2023/4/28 Release

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From the leading economic thinkers: a guide to the economies of the Asia Pacific and Kansai.

This Economic Outlook contains analyses and insights on the most important issues affecting the economies of the Asia Pacific and Kansai today. Produced by a team of over 20 researchers, it features quantitative research covering wide-ranging topics, and it offers clear explanations of economic trends supported by graphs and other visual aids. The outlook aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the differing circumstances and developments in Asia-Pacific economies and to promote mutual understanding between Kansai and countries in the Asia-Pacific. This year, it also features EXPO 2025 chronology.
The main topics covered in this book are as follows:

Asia- Pacific:

  • An analysis of the challenges major economies at a historical turning point in the world order, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region;
  • An analysis of the status quo of China's zero-COVID policy and the challenges China is facing with regard to its fiscal and monetary policies;
  • An outline of the rise of Asia's middle class from three different perspectives - income, education-occupation and social values;


  • A retrospective overview of the economies of Kansai and Japan as a whole;
  • Kansai's the Role and Future Challenges Under the COVID -19 Pandemic;
  • Analyzes the measures for attracting tourists taken by Destination Management/Marketing Organizations (DMOs);
  • Estimate the economic ripple effects of Expo 2025 Osaka-Kansai based on the new inter-regional inter-industry input-output table for the Kansai region developed by APIR.

EXPO 2025 Chronology:

  • A summary of the progress of infrastructure and related budgets for EXPO 2025 Osaka-Kansai.

About the Author:

Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR)

Established in November 2011, APIR is an independent research institute, supported by donations from over 200 business entities.

APIR's independence affords it the freedom to set research goals that focus on issues with the broadest relevance to society and the public good. The institute's research projects include 'outlook and challenges of economic integration in the Asia Pacific', 'implementation of SDGs in Asian businesses', 'inbound tourism in Kansai', as well as 'development of new business sentiment index using text data'. The outcomes of the research are published as project reports, commentary papers and annual reviews, most of which are available on APIR's website,, in both Japanese and English.

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