Kenichi Ohno received the award of the Foreign Minister's Commendations
On July 24, Kenichi Ohno, the GRIPS Development Forum,
has received the award of the Foreign Ministerfs Commendations for FY
2017 in recognition of the significance of his contributions to the
promotion of economic relations between Japan and Vietnam.
The Foreign Ministerfs Commendations are awarded to individuals and
groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, in order
to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship
between Japan and other countries and areas. The Commendations also aim
to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for the
activities of the recipients.
Kenichi Ohno has been working on
policy research in Vietnam since 1995 and shared the experiences and
lessons of industrial development in Japan with the Vietnamese
government. His work has made a great contribution to the policy
planning and economic development in Vietnam. Also, since 2004, he has
trained many Vietnamese young researchers as a director of Vietnam
Development Forum, which is the research base in Hanoi. The Vietnamese
researchers who received training and instruction from him have played a
key role in promoting economic development in Vietnam.
28th Ethiopia Mission Report
(Jun.2018) Kenichi Ohno, the GRIPS Development Forum,
conducted a small mission in
Ethiopia from Jun. 4 to 8 with Mr. Hideo Eguchi from JICA headquarter. The
primary activity of the mission was to meet and discuss with
newly appointed ministers associated with the
Ethiopia-Japan industrial policy dialogue
order to gather information and built relationships. Separately, meetings
were conducted to discuss the training in Japan and
the metal & engineering firm handholding support with Metals
Industry Development Institute, and the detailed contents of Ethiopia
Productivity Report with Policy Study & Research Center.
28th Ethiopia Mission Report (Japanese version only)
27th Ethiopia Mission Report
(Feb.2018) Kenichi Ohno, The GRIPS Development Forum, visited
Ethiopia from Feb. 9 to 15 to work on the metal & engineering firm
handholding support and the Ethiopia Productivity Report, which are two
components of Ethiopia-Japan industrial policy dialogue. Staff from JICA and
Policy Study & Research Center joined the mission. Separately, two book
publishing projects were discussed with Dr. Arkebe Oqubay, a minister at the
Prime Minister's Office.
27th Ethiopia Mission Report (Japanese version only)
Sri Lanka Mission Report
(Oct. 2017) GRIPS Development Forum
and Policy Study & Research Center (Ethiopia) conducted joint research on Sri
Lankan industries as an input to Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue.
Sri Lanka is a middle income nation with income per head of $4,000. Apparel
is the leading export sector where a few local producers dominate. They can
satisfy strict labor and environmental standards demanded by Western
consumers, and export high-end garments such as ladies' underwear to US and
EU markets. Many Sri Lankan apparel makers are moving to Ethiopia to cope
with labor shortage at home and benefit from the trade privileges Africa
enjoys with the US and EU.
Sri Lanka Mission Report
textbook on Japanese development
The History of Japanese
Economic Development: Origins of Private Dynamism and Policy Competence, K.
Ohno's new textbook, has been published from Routledge. This is a
thoroughly revised edition of the 2006 textbook written for a GRIPS course.
The old version was so popular it was translated into six languages besides
English. The book discusses the Japanese economy from the Edo period to
Abenomics with special attention on public-private interaction, absorption
of foreign elements and socio-political
conditions. It introduces academic research and debates yet the writing is
plain and simple. The book is suitable for both serious researchers and new
comers to Japanese history.
Reports of Policy Dialogue
on Industrial Development in
Ethiopia (Phase 2)
2017) We have published the results of the Ethiopia-Japan Industrial policy dialogue
(phase 2), jointly conducted by JICA and GRIPS Development Forum
for the period of Jan. 2012 to Jul. 2016. These include: (i) policy
recommendations for the Ethiopia government (main report), and (ii) case
studies of industrial policy measures in Asia & Africa. Please click here
to read the reports.
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.
@ The National Economics University (NEU) in Hanoi, 2017/06