Ms Aya Adachi, the next graduate of the MERCUR-funded AREA Ruhr Graduate School, successfully defended her dissertation “Domestic Actors and Institutional Settings of Regional Trade Policy-Making: A Comparative Case Study of China and Japan” on 06 July 2022.

Ms Adachi continues her transnational research at MERICS as analyst for China’s Foreign Economic Policy; Free Trade Agreements and Economic Relations in East Asia and China-Japan Relations.