ALL NEWS 2009
Introducing KAIZEN in Africa (PDF708KB)
assimilated and developed the American method of improving quality and
productivity as “kaizen” after 1950s. It drew attentions of the world after
1980s, because of Japan's improvement of competitive strengths. As a result,
Kaizen began to be adapted to the West and other developing countries.
Kaizen assistance by Japanese ODA has been implemented in Asia (ex:
Singapore), Latin America (ex: Brazil, Castalia), and South Africa recently
(Egypt, Tunisia). Ethiopia is also showing strong interest in Japanese
development experiences and introducing kaizen in Ethiopian firms. This book
aims to introduce the basic concept and characteristics of kaizen to African
audience and explain how Japan has implemented kaizen assistance in
developing countries. It also discusses the factors that affect the
performance of international kaizen assistance. Kaizen is
applicable not only to the manufacturing sector but also to the service
sector, public organizations, and non-profit organizations. This book also
provides information on the history of Japan's quality and productivity
improvement. (October 2009, GRIPS Development Forum) If you wish to have a
hard copy, please email us.
Report to Germany and the UK (PDF210KB)
"The Middle Income Trap:
for Industrialization Strategies in East Asia and Africa"
written by Kenichi Ohno
(January2009) This publication includes three policy discussion papers which were targeted different audiences, they all evolve around the same principal message that latecomer countries may reach ― an intermediate level of development by macroeconomic stabilization, institution-building, and opening up and liberalizing the national economy, but to go beyond middle income the government must launch more active industrial strategies with tenacity and dexterity. This volume argues that effective policy actions are still possible without violating any WTO rules or other international commitments of our age.
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