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Masahisa Fujita


President and Chief Research Officer of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry; Professor of Konan University; and Adjunct Professor of Institute of Economic Research at Kyoto University. Member of the Japan Academy (2010-).

He had previously served as Professor in the Department of Economics / Regional Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Professor of the Institute of Economic Research at Kyoto University; and President of the Institute of Developing Economies - JETRO (2003-2007). He had also served as the President of Japanese Economic Association (2009-2010). He holds a PhD in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests are urban economics, regional economics, international trade, and spatial economics. His major works include: Urban Economic Theory, Cambridge University Press,1989; The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade, MIT Press, 1999 (with P. Krugman and A.J. Venables); Economics of Agglomeration: Cities, Industrial Location, and Regional Growth, Cambridge University Press, 2002 (with J. Thisse); Regional Integration in East Asia: From the Viewpoint of Spatial Economics (editor), Macmillan, 2007.

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Ryoan-ji Zen gardens (640x480, type=image/jpeg, 112.2 KB)

Ryoan-ji Zen gardens
Ryoan-ji is a Zen temple in northwest Kyoto, Japan. It was built in 1450.The temple is famous for its Zen garden, which is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the "dry-landscape" style. One of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
links: wikipedia, wikitravel, Ryoan-ji website