OHNO, Kenichi

Position Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Economics), Stanford University
Specialty Development Economics, Industrial Policy
Current Research Interests Comparative study of industrial policy in Asia and Africa, development experience of East Asia, industrial policy dialogue with the governments of Vietnam and Ethiopia


  • Professional Career

1987 Economist, Research and Middle Eastern Departments, International Monetary Fund
1991 Associate Professor, Institute of Socio-Economic Planning, Tsukuba University
1996 Professor, Graduate School of Policy Science (GSPS), Saitama University
1997 Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (current)


  • Selected publications

1. Kokusai Tsuka Taisei to Keizai Antei (International Monetary Systems and Economic Stability), Toyo Keizai Shimposha (1991). [Japanese] [Mainichi Shimbun Economist Award]
2. (With Izumi Ohno) IMF and World Bank: An Insiders’ View of the Development Institutions, Nihon Hyoronsha (1993). [Japanese]
3. Shijo Iko Senryaku: Shin Keizai Taisei no Sozo to Nihon no Chiteki Shien (Strategy for Adopting the Market Economy: Creation of a New Economic System and Japan’s Intellectual Contribution), Yuhikaku (1996). [Japanese] [Mainichi Shimbun Asia Study Association: Asia-Pacific Special Award]
4. (With Ronald I. McKinnon) Dollar and Yen: Resolving Economic Conflict between the United States and Japan, MIT Press (1997).
5. (Co-editing with Izumi Ohno) Japanese Views on Economic Development: Diverse Paths to the Market, London: Routledge (1998).
6. Tojokoku no Globalization: Jiritsuteki Hatten wa Kanoka (Globalization of Developing Countries: Is Autonomous Development Possible?) Toyo Keizai Shimposha (2000). [Japanese] [Suntory Prize for Critical Sciences and Humanities / Osaragi Jiro Award for Critical Works]
7. (Co-editing with Nguyen Van Thuong) Improving Industrial Policy Formulation, Hanoi: Publishing House of Political Theory (March 2005).
8. “Avoiding the Middle-income Trap: Renovating Industrial Policy Formulation in Vietnam,” ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol.26, No.1, pp.25-43, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (April 2009).
9. (With Junji Banno) "The Flexible Structure of Politics in Meiji Japan", Developmental Leadership Program Research Paper, No.7 (April 2010).
10. “New Macroeconomic Challenge for Emerging Economies,” Japan Spotlight, pp.19-21 (March/
11. (With Izumi Ohno) “Dynamic Capacity Development : What Africa Can Learn from Industrial Policy Formulation in East Asia", chapter 7, A. Norman, K. Botchwey, H. Stein & J. E. Stiglitz eds., Good Growth and Governance in Africa : Rethinking  Development Strategies, Oxford University Press (March 2012).
12. (Editor) An Approaching Middle Income Trap: How Vietnam Can Escape It, Hanoi: Transport Publishing House (2014).
13. Learning to Industrialize: From Given Growth to Policy-aided Value Creation, Paperback Edition, Routledge (2014).
14. (Co-editing with Izumi Ohno) Eastern and Western Ideas for African Growth: Diversity and complementarity in development aid, Paperback Edition, Routledge (2015).
15. The History of Japanese Economic Development: Origins of Private Dynamism and Policy Competence, Routledge (2018).
16. (With Izumi Ohno) “A Japanese Perspective on Ethiopia’s Transformation,”chapter 47, F. Cheru, C. Cramer & A. Oqubay, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy, Oxford University Press (2018).
17. (Co-editing with Arkebe Oqubay) How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch-up, Oxford University Press (2019).
18. “Meiji Japan: Progressive Learning of Western Technology,” chapter 5, A. Oqubay & K. Ohno eds., How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch-up, Oxford University Press (2019).
19. (With Policy Studies Institute) Ethiopia Productivity Report (2020).
20. (With Nguyen Duc Thanh at al.) Viet Nam Productivity Report: Identifying Growth Challenges and Exploring a Way Forward (2021).



1992  Mainichi Shimbun Economist Award

1997  Mainichi Shimbun Asia Study Association Asia-Pacific Special Award

2001  Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities

2001  Osaragi Jiro Award for Critical Works

2011  Medal for Educational Merit by the Minister of Education and Training, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

2012  Letter of Appreciation for Global Contribution and Publicizing Japan, Cabinet Secretariat, the Government of Japan

2016  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Award for Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue (with Izumi Ohno)

2017  Friendship Medal conferred by President Tran Dai Quang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

2018      Minister of Foreign Affairs Award for Contribution to Japan-Vietnam Economic Cooperation


  • Social contributions

1995-2001    Co-leader of the Study Team of the “Economic Development Policy in the Transition toward a Market-oriented Economy in the Social Republic of Viet Nam” (Ishikawa Project), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
2000-2003    Co-leader of National Economics University (NEU) – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Joint Research Project, Hanoi
2001-2002    Leader of the Committee on the Asia Dynamism, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
2002    Member of the Committee on the Development Effectiveness of Yen Loan, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
2002-2005    Co-leader of the reviewing team of Japan's ODA Strategy for Vietnam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
2002-2006    Member of the Board of ODA Comprehensive Strategies, MOFA
1998-2001    Member of the Committee to Review the Policy of the International Monetary Fund, Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF)
2003-2008    Guest researcher of the Civil Society, the State and Culture in Comparative Perspective Special Research Project, University of Tsukuba
2004-2012    Director of the Vietnam Development Forum (VDF), Hanoi
2005-2008    Research leader of the 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program, GRIPS
2008-present    Leader, Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, by GRIPS and JICA
2008-2012    Researcher of the Global COE Program, GRIPS
2008    Member of the Investigative Commission on Embodiment of Contribution to African Growth, African Growth Initiative
2008, 2011-2012    Policy research and dialogue in Mozambique, in cooperation with JBIC, JICA & NEXCO West
2008-present    Leader of Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue, JICA
2008-2010    Advisor to Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba on Supporting Industry Development Action Plan in Vietnam
2010    Member of the Group for Renovating Japanese ODA
2010-    Third country policy research for Ethiopia-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue: Singapore, Korea, Tanzania (2010); Taiwan (2011); India, Mauritius, Ghana (2012); Thailand, Malaysia (2013); Indonesia, Rwanda (2014); Thailand, Cambodia (2015); Sri Lanka (2017); Kenya (2018); Djibouti, Myanmar (2019)
2010-2013    Advisor to Ambassador Yasuaki Tanizaki on Vietnam Industrialization Strategy initiative
2015-2017    Advisor and policy dialogue leader to JICA Vietnam on Province Based Economic Growth (PBEG) initiative in Ha Nam Province and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province
2016-2020    Director, Vietnam Japan Productivity Promotion (VJPP), Initiative under Vietnam Economic Policy Research (VEPR), Vietnam National University (VNU), Hanoi
2016    Research visit and policy discussion with South African automotive policy officials at the request of the Japanese embassy and JICA in South Africa in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
2016    Lecture series at Uzbekistan ministries and universities invited by the Uzbekistan Academy of Public Administration on the occasion of publication of the Russian edition of my Economic Development of Japan, Tashkent and Samarkand.
2017-present    Editorial Board member of the Vietnam Social Sciences Review published by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS).
2017    Academic leader, Japan-Vietnam Productivity Cooperation Project of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Vietnam National University, Japanese Embassy and the METI
2018    Inviting officials of Ethiopia’s Metal Industries Development Institute for policy formulation research, Tokyo, Saitama, Tochigi, Osaka and Hyogo
2020-present    Advisor, Viet Nam Center for Economic and Strategic Studies (VESS), Hanoi


  • Media Response

Industrial policies of Japan, Asia and Africa
Vietnamese economy
Ethiopian economy


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