ITO Koji

ITO Koji

ITO Koji

Consulting Fellow

Policy Research Director, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

Activities at RIETI


Firms' international activity (trade, FDI, etc.), dynamics of firms

Research Projects


1999 M.A. in Economics, Boston University
1992 B.A. in Economics, The University of Tokyo


2019 - Director, Policy research, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research
2018 Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency
2014 - Consulting Fellow RIETI
2014 Associate Professor, Research Center for Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS), Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University
2014 Senior Fellow, RIETI
2013 Director, APEC Office, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
2010 Principal Administrator, SME and Entrepreneurship Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
1993 Joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Selected Publications and Papers


  • White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2009 (Co-author)
  • White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2008 (Co-author)
  • Ito, Koji. (2013), "Fostering SMEs' Participation in Global Markets," OECD, CFE/SME (2012)6/FINAL.
  • Ito, Koji and Ryuhei Wakasugi (2015). "Chapter 11 Growth and structural change in trade: Evidence from Japan," Bernard Hoekman ed. The Global Trade Slowdown: A New Normal? Centre for Economic Policy Research, pp207-220.
  • White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan 2019 (Co-author)
  • White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan 2019 (Co-author)