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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-22
Japanese Experiences on Poverty Alleviation and Social Development


Japan occupies a unique position among aid donor countries, as it is the sole non-western, non-Christian country among them, and has a history itself of being an aid recipient. Japan’s development experience therefore presents very unique lessons for developing countries; most of them are non-western, non Christian countries.

In particular, following World War II, Japan underwent a fundamental change in rural lives, encompassing everything from the material lifestyle to value systems. Those changes were conducted under the name of the “modernization” or “rationalization” of rural life, under the name of “Livelihood Improvement” or “New Life Movement.”

In this study we will deal with those activities and attempt to extract practical lessons for today’s rural development and poverty alleviation activities.


April 2007 - March 2008


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The IDE library opened a special archive on Japanese experiences. This archive is based on the results of an IDE-UNU (United Nations University) joint-study. This study also relates to the present study. UNU and IDE-JETRO conducted an open seminar on Japanese Development Experiences on May 28, 2007 at the UNU U-Thant Hall in Tokyo.