To compare the Middle East with other Asian countries, and relativize the Middle East, not in relation to the West, but within the Asian context.
To collect quantitative data and qualitative information for the purpose of comparative studies, mainly through field surveys by questionnaire and interview.
(1) Gulf countries, (2) Egypt, (3) Yemen, (4) Iran, (5) Turkey, (6) Mashriq (Eastern Arab) countries, (7) Maghrib (Western Arab) countries, and (8) Other Asian countries (Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, etc)
The main topics and objectives of the project are as follows:
1.Interperception between Japan and the Middle East
To examine discrepancies in perception between Japan and the Middle East and to foster mutual understanding.
1-1 Perception of Japanese toward the Middle East
1-2 Perception of Middle Eastern people toward Japan
2.Mechanisms of coexistence in the Middle Eastern societies
To study mechanisms of coexistence in societies characterized by high mobility of goods and people, such as which have been seen historically in the Middle East.
2-1 Economic systems
2-1-1 Patterns of economic development and models of regional economic integration
2-1-2 Production and marketing of goods
2-1-3 Financial systems and monetary flow
2-1-4 Social welfare and family structures
2-1-5 Labor migration and segmentary market structures
2-1-6 Ideas and realities of Islamic finance
2-2 Legal systems
2-2-1 Plural legal systems：Islamic law, modern law, customary law
2-2-2 Law and customs in the business management: patterns and types of contract regulations
2-2-3 Problems in lawsuits
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