Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Tetsushi Sonobe
    Pages 1-30 Open Access
  3. Seiji Sugimoto
    Pages 69-110 Open Access
  4. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Momoko Suzuki
    Pages 111-149 Open Access
  5. Getahun Tadesse Mekonen
    Pages 151-198 Open Access
  6. Keijiro Otsuka
    Pages 199-223 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-266

About this book


At present, how to develop industries is a burning issue in Africa, where population growth remains high and economic development has thus far failed to provide sufficient jobs for many, especially young people and women. The creation of productive jobs through industrial development ought to be a central issue in steering economic activity across the continent.

The authors of this book, consisting of two development economists and five practitioners, argue that the adoption of Kaizen management practices, which originated in Japan and have become widely used by manufacturers in advanced and emerging economies, is decisively the most effective first step for industrial development in Africa.

This open access book discusses what Kaizen management is, why it is applicable to Africa, and why it can provide Africa with a springboard for sustainable economic growth and employment generation.

Keijiro Otsuka is Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, Japan, and Chief Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan.

Kimiaki Jin is Senior Assistant Director of the Industrial Development and Public Policy Department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan.

Tetsushi Sonobe is Vice President and Chair of the PhD Program Committee, Director of the GRIPS Global Governance Program and Professor of Development Economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan.


Kaizen management African industrial development African economic development Labour-intensive manufacturing industries Technical Cooperation ISO System Industrial development policy Economic transformation in African countries International development cooperation Productivity Open access Kaizen and technology Overseas Development Cooperation Ethiopian Kaizen Foreign Direct Investment

Editors and affiliations

  • Keijiro Otsuka
    • 1
  • Kimiaki Jin
    • 2
  • Tetsushi Sonobe
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of EconomicsKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)TokyoJapan
  3. 3.National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)TokyoJapan

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