Based at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, my current research focuses on the following topics: (1) population issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union (low birth rates, regional population migration, etc.); (2) the situation of regional fiscal systems in the different Russian regions; (3) adjustment of statistical data and analysis of changes in the labor force and location of industry in Russia's early industrialization process. While research on topic (1) is a continuation of my past work, topic (2) covers a new area, concentrating on an examination of Russia's fiscal system, which is increasingly characterized by centralized control. Topic (3), finally, continues the collation of Russian historical statistics, which was part of the Institute's former COE project on Asian long-term economic statistics. I am planning to further develop my individual research based on materials from the Russian National Economic Archives.