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The GRIPS Development Forum conducts pragmatic and policy-oriented research in such areas as industrial development, international development and development cooperation, building on the development experiences of Japan and Asia, and widely disseminates the results.

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(May 2015)
"Learning to Industrialize" in Chinese edition
(author: Kenichi Ohno)
ISBN 978-7-5086-4973-3
(September 2014)
Learning to Industrialize:
From given growth to policy-aided value creation (Routledge)
ISBN-13: 978-0415705820
ISBN-10: 041570827
(December 2014)
An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam can Escape It
by Vietnam Development Forum, National Economic University
Supervised by Kenichi Ohno
(April 2013)
Eastern and Western Ideas for African Growth:
Diversity and Complementarity in Development aid (Routledge)
Edited by Kenichi Ohno and
Izumi Ohno (Routlede-GRIPS Development Forum Studies)

(October 2012)
Learning to Industrialize:
From given growth to policy-aided value creation (Routlede)
by Kenichi Ohno

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Industrial Policy Dialogue to Continue in Ethiopia

(Aug. 2016) Since 2008, GRIPS Development Forum and JICA have conducted Industrial Policy Dialogue with Ethiopia at three levels (PM, ministers, policy). Ethiopia is now learning advanced kaizen, the five-year plan has adopted many of our recommendations, champion products are being created, export and FDI policies are supported, and Japanese FDI are invited. Ethiopia requested to continue this policy dialogue. In the next five years, Japan will expand the scope of industrial cooperation and also work jointly with Ethiopian policy think tanks so Japanese industrial expertise will be transferred to Ethiopia.

Can South Africa revitalize its industry?

(May 2016) Kenichi Ohno (GDF) was invited by the Japanese Embassy and JICA's South Africa to give seminars, meet policy makers, and study the quality of SA's industrial policy with particular attention to automotive policy. After democratization of 1994, SA succeeded in attracting FDI with generous incentives. Now TOYOTA and six other foreign makers produce cars there. Yet recent car production has stagnated around 600,000 per year due to global recession, slow domestic demand and lack of labor advantage. Industrial policy incentivizing simple assembly over HR and component supplier promotion must be revised. The Department of Trade and Industry, and Japan are eager to revise policy, but data analysis, strategic planning, and overcoming political and administrative barriers are required. The mission asked whether this was possible.

South Africa Mission Report (PDF 198KB)

The records of policy dialogue phase 1 and 2

(May 2016) GDF and JICA have completed two phases of high-level industrial policy dialogue with the Ethiopian government (2008-2015). Phase 3 is under preparation. JICA has also assisted Ethiopia with accompanying industrial projects such as kaizen and champion product creation. GDF has published the records of policy dialogue phase 1 and 2 in two volumes for stakeholders and interested people. Vol.1 contains policy dialogue minutes (Japanese) and Vol.2 contains third-country policy research as reference materials for Ethiopian policy makers (English).

Volume 1 (Japanese text only)
Volume 2 (English and Japanese text)

OVER GRIPS Development Seminar  -"Quality Growth" Sharing Experiences of Industrial Development Cooperation in Partnership with the Private Sector-

(Mar. 2016) GRIPS Development Forum Seminar was held on Tuesday, 1st March at GRIPS. We invited German leading experts from GIZ and ZDH, and Japanese experts, JTECS, JICA and HIDA. The main objective of this seminar was to introduce the approach and practices of German and Japanese industrial development cooperation. 

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ETHIOPIA INFORMATION KIT for Japanese Businesses

This booklet contains policy, economy, and business climate in Ethiopia to improve the quality of Ethiopia's information for the Japanese business community. It was compiled and published by the GRIPS Development Forum which is solely responsible for the content.
English (last updated: Dec. 2015)

Records of Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue Vol. 2 --Policy Research in Third Countries--

This records were compiled and published by GRIPS Development Forum for stakeholders and interested people.
Volume 1 contains policy dialogue minutes (Japanese) and Volume 2 contains third-country policy research as reference materials for Ethiopian policy makers (English and Japanese).

Volume 1 (2.6MB)
Volume 2 (4.8MB) ※ Vol.2 contains some Japanese chapters.

Prof. Shigeru Ishikawa's Notes 
Featuring reports and presentation materials of Prof. Ishikawa who contributes to issues in Development Economics.

Prof. Shigeru Ishikawa passed away on 4 January 2014. We pray from the bottom of our hearts that his soul may rest in peace.

Economist, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Hitotsubashi University and Aoyama-Gakuin University, Member of the Japan Academy


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