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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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Ethiopia policy dialogue wins JICA President Award

(Oct. 2016) Kenichi & Izumi Ohno (GDF) received the 12th JICA President Award for their contribution to Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue. This bilateral policy dialogue, first in Africa, was requested in a dramatic meeting with former P.M. Meles. We have always tried to come up with best policy advice for Ethiopia in close consultation with JICA, MoFA, METI, etc. After seven years, we feel we have built strong trust with Prime Minister, economic ministers and policy officials. We appreciate the Award and look forward to more intellectual interaction with Ethiopia in years ahead.

Lecturing at five universities in Tashkent

(Oct. 2016)
Kenichi Ohno's textbook, Economic Development of Japan, was translated into Russian in 2014 by the courtesy of Mr. Nasretdinov Nodirbek, a GRIPS alumni and staff of Deputy Prime Minister Asimov of Uzbekistan. At the request of Mr. Nodirbek, Ohno visited Uzbekistan and delivered lectures at five universities covering Japanese history as well as middle income traps. He also visited two JV automotive firms and met Deputy Minister of Economy Shuhrat Ismailov. Despite historical and geographical disadvantages, Uzbek people have acquired high levels of management and technology. The country overcame the post-Soviet economic shock with unique gradualism, and has grown at 8% per year for more than a decade. Buildings and infrastructure are rapidly modernized. After the planned Presidential election of November, we need to watch carefully how this country will tackle next developmental challenges.

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)


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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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