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Looking Toward the “New Era” Features and Background of the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement


  • Aoki-Okabe, Maki


This paper examines Thai-Japanese relations through analysis of EPA. There are two questions. The first involves the features of JTEPA as an EPA. By scrutinizing the features of the EPA, we would like to approach the institutional framework of the “new era” which will be brought about by JTEPA. The second question is how did the governments of Thailand and Japan come to conclude JTEPA? By reviewing the focal points of the negotiations, we will describe the background of the formation and aims of JTEPA. Finally, we conclude that JTEPA is a culmination of the existing Thai-Japanese relations, and was built based upon the existing divergence of economic institutions. At the same time it upgrades the bilateral partnership to a framework for multilateral cooperation by considering assistance toward Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar and Vietnam. The author would like to emphasize that JTEPA was designed based on the idea of a further integration of CLMV and Thailand, an original member of ASEAN.

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  • Aoki-Okabe, Maki, 2008. "Looking Toward the “New Era” Features and Background of the Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement," IDE Discussion Papers 132, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
  • Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper132

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    FTA (Free Trade Agreement); EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement); Regional integration; Japan; ASEAN; Thailand; International economic relations; International agreements; International cooperation; 自由貿易協定; 経済連携協定; 地域統合; 日本; アセアン; タイ; 国際経済; 国際協定; 国際協力;

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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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