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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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    Int'l Development Strategies,    
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    African Growth Initiative
(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j
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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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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Mission Report to Thailand & Cambodia

(June 2015) The GRIPS Development Forum visited Bangkok (May 25-26) and Phnom Penh (May 27-29) for industrial policy research. In Thailand, we focused on public and private efforts for promoting FDI-local industrial linkage and matching between Thai and Japanese firms. Thailand is a good example of internalizing and scaling-up Japanfs cooperation for supporting industry promotion and industrial human resource development. In Cambodia, we studied the features and issues of the recently formulated Industrial Development Policy (IDP) 2015-2025, leading policy organizations, FDI attraction and SEZs, SME promotion, etc. Starting from the position of a post-conflict fragile state, Cambodia has regained policy autonomy and established policy ownership. This is a critical historical moment for Cambodia, and we hope that Japanfs future cooperation will address the countryfs ongoing efforts to attain FDI-led industrialization.

Thailand Mission Report (245KB)
Cambodia Mission Report (235KB)

ADB-GDF Joint Seminar on "Financing Asia's Future Growth:  The theme Chapter of Asian Development Outlook 2015"

(May 2015) ADB-GRIPS Development Forum (GDF) Joint seminar was held on May 15, Friday at GRIPS. The two guests, Dr. Donghyun Park and Dr. Joseph E. Zveglich Jr. talked about the main findings and policy messages of Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2015, published in March.

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Ethiopia Information KIT for Japanese Businesses

(January 2015) GRIPS Development Forum (GDF) has conducted JICA's project, called Ethiopian Industrial Policy Dialogue, since 2009. To promote and support Ethiopian business by Japanese company is one of the main issue of the project. We compiled a booklet, Ethiopia Information KIT, which contains a policy, economy, and business climate in Ethiopia. We hope it will be useful for starting and doing business in Ethiopia. We keep revising the booklet as needed.

See Ethiopia Information KIT  (version 22, PDF1.3MB)

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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

          for Japanese Businesses

GRIPS Development Forum complied a booklet which contains a policy, economy, and business climate in Ethiopia.
English (ver. 22 )

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>>> Creativity in Motion

E Mr. Aiichiro Yamamoto's View       (*Japanese only)

Mr.Yamamoto (Principal Representative to the European Union, JICA)  provides his reports to our GDF Japanese website.

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