Recorded by Professor Kenichi Ohno
Osaragi Jiro Award for Critical Works (December
My same book (see below)
won another award, this time the newly created Osaragi Jiro
Award for Critical Works sponsored by the Asahi Newspaper
Company. I am the first winner of this award. Osaragi Jiro
was a novelist who wrote about French and Japanese modern
history (including Yokohama merchants), among other things.
The Asahi Newspaper says they will support dissemination of
my ideas to the rest of the world.
Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities
Japanese book, Globalization of Developing Countries: Is
Autonomous Development Possible? (Toyo Keizai, 2000) won the
Suntory Prize for 2001 (with the other eight prize winners).
Among other things, this book discusses the meaning of "translative
adaptation", problems with IMF/WB/WTO policies, Meiji
Japan's industrialization, Vietnam's industrialization under
integration pressure, Asian crisis, and Central Asian
transition strategies. It is a pity that most of you cannot
read it in the original. But many of the book's ideas are
actually presented in my classes, so foreign students can
still enjoy some parts of it.
Summer research on Vietnamese
industries under integration (Aug-Sep 2001)
professors, in collaboration with Vietnamese researchers
from National Economic University, visited many firms in
Northern and Southern Vietnam. This was a part of the joint
NEU-JICA research project. Hundreds of textile, garment and
footwear factories and outlets were visited, and a large
number of electronics JVs, steel and machinery companies,
motorbike and automobile assemblers were interviewed. As a
result of these research trips, I think we have a very clear
and concrete advice for the Vietnamese government in the
near future. A new homepage was created for this project and
main report drafting was begun. Prof. Fukunari Kimura and I
gave a three-day lecture on "Trade, FDI and exchange rates
after the Asian crisis" at NEU. These were some of our
activities during this summer.
conditionality seminar (Tokyo, July 2001)
IMF organized a closed
session to explain their new policy on conditionality (they
will limit themselves to macro and financial areas and leave
structural reforms to WB etc). Fischer and Boorman were more
reasonable than before. But Mr. N----, who was responsible
for Indonesia in 1997-98, insisted that comprehensive
conditionalities were still desirable (sigh...) I had the
honor to converse with Mr. Tarrin Nimmanahaeminda (former
Thai Finance Minister) over lunch. My former student Mr. Yu
from People's Bank of China was there too, taking care of
his boss (Assistant Governor). I hope he will be assistant
governor himself soon.
A new research center within GRIPS?
(in the future)
At the request of Japan's
Foreign Ministry, GRIPS is trying to set up within our
institute a new research center for external economic
policies (development, integration, trade, FDI, ODA, WTO,
exchange rates, etc.) and Prof. Hayami and I are nominated
as initial leaders. But this will take time, so at first we
will do research and organize a supporting office in
preparation. After a few years, if successful, we will have
a permanent center.
Nikkei article (May
Ronald McKinnon, "Japan and
US Should Remove Yen Appreciation Worry," Nihon Keizai
Shimbun (Nikkei), May 11, 2001--also in Japanese but
McKinnon's English original available.
New paper (March 2001)
Ronald McKinnon and Kenichi
Ohno, "The Foreign Exchange Origins of Japan's Economic
Slump," The World Economy, 24:3, March 2001. This is an
update of the McKinnon-Ohno hypothesis.
I was a member of the
Japanese MOF mission to Uzbekistan (Feb. 2000) to discuss
the currency unification problem. We met Minister Azimov
and Undersecretary Kuchkarov from MOF, Governor Muradjanov
of CBE, etc. Mr. Azimov and I are of the same age (but I am
just a professor...). Does anybody know when Uzbekistan is
going to have only one exchange rate?
New book (2000)
But in Japanese. Kenichi
Ohno, Globalization and Developing Countries: Is Autonomous
Development Possible? Toyo Keizai Shimposha, 2000.
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