My goal is to play a catalyst role in mobilizing passion, practical experiences and wisdom, and intellectual assets of all the stakeholders toward building partnerships for international development. This includes fostering public-private partnerships within Japan and abroad, bridging the experiences of Asia and those of the other regions including Africa, connecting the young and experienced generations, and disseminating East Asian perspectives globally.


My Research
  International Development Cooperation and Japan’s ODA Policy
・Business and Development, Inclusive Business
・Internationalization of Japanese Monozukuri SMEs

   (APIR Project & GRIPS Policy Research Center)
・Industrial Policy Dialogue between Japan and Ethiopia
 (JICA-GRIPS Project)  >>>Click here
Road Sector Policy and Institutions in Mozambique
 (NEXCO-West-GRIPS Project)

Development Forum
The Development Forum is the backbone of my research activities.

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My colleagues:
Kenichi Ohno, Akemi Nagashima,
Mieko Iizuka, Yuka Akiyama,
and Sayoko Uesu


Winter: International
Development Policy
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Spring: Policy Design and Implementation in Developing Countries
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   ≪What's New≫

2014/September  GRIPS Discussion Paper "Japanese Development Cooperation in a New Era:   Recommendations for Network-Based Cooperation" by Izumi Ohno: This paper discusses the new era of Japan’s development cooperation from two perspectives--broader and deeper partnerships with the private sector, as well as ‘cooperation and competition’ with Asian emerging donors. It proposes ‘network-based cooperation’ as a central pillar of Japan’s future development cooperation, based on the analyses of the nature of a new wave of internationalization of Japanese manufacturing foreign direct investment (FDI) which involves small-and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as the extensive local human and organizational networks accumulated in Asia through sixty years of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA). Unique roles of Japan as a mature knowledge partner based on international comparative analysis and a quality leader in global business activity are also discussed. Japan should leverage its distinctive strengths in both the corporate and ODA sectors, and actively embark on the new era of development cooperation. Please see the DP > here

2014/September  Rwanda Mission: The GDF team visited Kigali, Rwanda during August 5-8 2014, together with JICA team to study the features of Rwanda's remarkable growth in recent years from the perspective of international comparison of policy methods, and draw lessons for other developing countries including Ethiopia. Rwanda has made a remarkable history of economic development during the past two decades. Nevertheless, the current growth mechanism may not be sufficient to produce private sector-led development or graduation from aid dependency. This should be enhanced by the adoption of gemba-based pragmatism, and there appears to be much room for Japanese contribution in this regard. Please see > Rwanda Mission Report


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