Asei ITO is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate school of Economics, Keio University, Japan. His research covers China’s industrial development, outward FDI activities, and innovation. He is one of the editors of China’s Outward Investment Data (Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, 2014) and The Asian Economy: Contemporary Issues and Challenges (Routledge, 2020). He is also a recipient of several academic prizes including the Yomiuri-Yoshino Sakuzo Prize, Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, and Tadao Kiyonari Prize. During his stay at the Harvard Yenching-Institute, he will conduct a comparative study of digitalization among Asian economies.