The Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) was founded in 1960, as a corporation with special status under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), to undertake basic and comprehensive researches on economic, political and social issues affecting developing countries and regions. In the years since then, the Institute has conducted surveys and researches on all developing countries and regions—including Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, and Eastern Europe—mainly through field surveys and empirical studies. The Institute has also gathered materials and information on these countries and regions, made them available to the public both domestically and outside Japan, and disseminated the findings of its surveys and researches. In addition, through joint research with researchers and research institutions both within Japan and abroad, it has acted as the nexus for international studies and exchanges on developing countries in Japan. Since 1990, the Institute has also been taking an active part in the education of trainees in the areas of economic and social development of developing countries and regions.
The environment for the Institute changed greatly in the following years: In July 1998, IDE merged with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and in December 1999, moved its base of activities to Makuhari in Chiba Prefecture. Then, in October 2003, the Institute was reorganized as an incorporated administrative agency to be better positioned to respond more closely to the current needs of various fields.
With the arrival of the 21 st century, the movement toward globalization is gaining momentum, and there is an increasing need for international cooperation in favor of the liberalization of trade and investment to promote world economic development. With regional cooperation also gaining momentum—in functional areas, such as currency, finance, and trade, and also non-traditional areas like security and cross-border crime—the Institute is working to comprehensively address problems, both regional and global, based on the expertise we have in area studies and development studies.
The IDE today is working to strengthen its research activities in order to respond to these tasks in an active way. We hope very much for your continuing support and cooperation.