Kenichi Ohno wins the medal of Friendship by Vietnamese government
(April 2017) K. Ohno of GRIPS Development Forum was notified
of the decision to confer the Medal of Friendship by Vietnamese President
Tran Dai Quang, which is the highest honor for foreigners given by the
Vietnamese government. Ohno has researched and advised on Vietnamese
industries and trained Vietnamese researchers for 22 years. Previously in
2011, he also received the Medal of Education from the Vietnamese Minister
of Education & Training.
EIJS & GDF Joint Seminar (Thu., 16 March )
"Can Japanese Development Cooperation Tell us Something about Regional and
(Mar. 2017) European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) and GRIPS
Development Forum (GDF) Joint Seminar was held on Thursday,
March 16 at GRIPS. A book, Japanese
Development Cooperation: The Making of an Aid Architecture Pivoting to Asia,
was published in February, 2017 from Routledge. The authors,
Söderberg, Prof. Yasutami Shimomura , Prof. Yoneyuki Sugita, and
Prof. Izumi Ohno (GRIPS) of the newly released book
gave short presentations of their views in this seminar.
About new book
Ethiopia policy dialogue wins JICA President Award
Kenichi & Izumi Ohno (GDF) received the 12th JICA President Award for their
contribution to Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue.
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.
country overcame the
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.