Research Associate

Activities at RIETI


① Digital economics
② Offshore wind power
③ German economy (Hidden Champion, industry 4.0)
④ Regional economy and employment issues, SMEs
⑤ Research on Germany's high productivity
⑥ Telework and digital reskilling

From 2014 to 2017, he was a guest lecturer in the MBA program at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS), Hitotsubashi University.
2018-2019 Member of the Japan Institute of International Affairs "World Economy Study Group"
2018 Nomura Research Institute "Low-carbon Resource Circulation System Evaluation and Verification Committee" Member (Entrusted by the Ministry of the Environment)
2017 Kitakyushu Hibikinada offshore wind power project operator selection committee member
2018-2020 Kitakyushu Hibikinada offshore wind power project progress inspection committee member
Kagawa Innovation Promotion Advisor from 2020
From 2021 Manager of Fukuoka Prefecture Wind Power Industry Promotion Conference
Since April 2016, he has hosted the "Study Group for Strengthening the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises through IoT and AI," and is conducting research on supporting the implementation of IoT and AI in small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Since 2016, he has been researching the impact of AI on employment, human resource development, work style reform, and economic disparity issues.
Since 2020, he has been researching "With Corona After Corona: Work style reform in the digital age, telework, and digital reskilling."

Research Projects


1983 Master of Electronics Engineering, Graduate School of Kyoto University
1981 Bachelor of Electronics Engineering, Kyoto University


2020 Research Associate, RIETI
2015 Senior Fellow, RIETI
2011 Senior Analyst for Industrial Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
    Cabinet Counsellor, Cabinet Secretariat
    Deputy Director-General, Tsukuba Center, National Institute of Advanced
    Industrial Science and Technology AIST 
1983 Joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Selected Publications and Papers


  • Offshore Windfarm Power Station, Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun, 2013
  • Basic Theory of Regional Economics, Kokin Shoin Shuppan, 2014, co-edited with Prof. Hiroshi Matsubara, University of Tokyo, and others
  • Industrie4.0 - The impact of German 4th Industrial Revolution, Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun, 2015
  • Artificial Intelligence for Business People, co-authored. Toyo Keizai Inc., 2016
  • SMEs Tried IoT, co-authored, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun 2017
  • Introduction to Regional Economics, co-authored, Kokin Shoin 2018
  • Nippon Happiness Strategy, co-edited, Kobunsha 2018
  • Economics of Artificial Intelligence, co-authored, Minerva Shobo 2018
  • AI and Japanese Employment, Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2018
  • International Comparison of Global Niche Top Companies, co-authored, Koyoshobo 2019
  • Will AI enrich society?, co-authored, Minerva Shobo 2021

Working Papers

  • "Regional promotion and job creation through the formation of an offshore wind power industry base in the Hibikinada district of Kitakyushu" Kyushu Economic Survey Monthly Report Vol, 72, October 2018
  • Chapter 11 "Economic Disparity Created by Information and Communication Technology", "Anti-Globalism Reconsidered: Research on Crisis Factors Shaking the International Economic Order Report of the World Economy Study Group" (March 2019, Japan Institute of International Affairs) ) (Fiscal 2018 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomacy and Security Research Project)
  • "Artificial Intelligence and Employment, Human Resource Development, Work Style" Denki Hyoron No. 667, 2019 Summer Supplement
  • "Artificial Intelligence, etc. and ``Future of Employment'' ``Human Resource Development/Work Style''" CUE NO41 March 2019, Kyoto University Electrical Engineering Department Technical Information Magazine No. 41
  • "Outline of Industry 4.0 in Germany", August 2019 Special Issue of the Journal of the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan
  • Chapter 7 "Science and Technology and Humanity", Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Approved Textbook for High School Japanese, 2022 Edition "Selected Modern Japanese", Sanseido
  • "Favorite of Renewable Energy; Offshore Wind Power Generation Decarbonization + Regional Economy/Job Creation", Professional Engineer, IPEJ Journal, 2023.3 The Japan Society of Professional Engineers
  • "Chapter 3 The future of work," Revitalizing Human-Machine Interaction for the Advancement of Society-Perspectives form Germany and Japan, Henning Kagermann and Youichi Nonaka (eds), 2019
  • Iwamoto Koichi (2021), Commentary "Can Automation Address Japan’s Demographic Decline?", Iwamoto Koichi, 19 aprile 2021, ISPI Dossier on Digitalisation in Asia, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).
  • Koichi Iwamoto(2018), AJISS-Comentary No.257, "The Economic Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Japan: Japanese Industry at a Crossroads," Koichi Iwamoto, 4 April 2018, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
  • Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat TCS (2022), Capter6 Current Status and Future Prospects of Digitalization in Japan, Chapter9 Policy Recommendation for Digital Economic Cooperation, Trilateral Economic Report 2011-2020, June 2022


International conference:

  • "The Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Industries" (Munich) 2016 hosted by the German Academy of Sciences and Engineering Munich
  • 3rd Japan-China-Korea Economic Partnership Forum (Seoul) 2018
  • Offenbach Chamber of Commerce and Industry Seminar 2019
  • Japanese-German Joint Research Revitalizing Human-Machine Interaction for the Advancement of Society Perspectives from Germany and Japan, acatech 2019
  • Japan-Germany Expert Web Conference "Germany-Japan Expert Meeting, Web conference on manufacturing policy in the world of post COVID-19" 2020
  • Joint research web conference on new digital business models with Mittelhesse University of Technology (German government Ministry of Education project Futute of Work) 2020
  • Japan-German Experts meeting hosted by the Robot Revolution and Industrial IoT Initiative (RRI) Manufacturing policy in the world of post COVID-19 2020

Letter of thanks:

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Lectures at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) MBA Program
    February 2014, February 2015, February 2016, January 2017
  • May 30, 2017 Letter of Appreciation (Masao Kusakabe, Chairman of the Gunma Prefecture Small and Medium Enterprise Model Factory Management Study Group)


  • "Industry 4.0 (Author: Koichi Iwamoto)" Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
    "Business Book Grand Prix 2016 Selected by Readers" "4th place in innovation category"
    Sponsored by GLOBIS University of Management × flier joint planning

Contact address:

Email; iwamoto-koichi@rieti.go.jp
Email; iwamoto.koichi.u57@kyoto-u.jp

Concurrent post:

  • Visiting member of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Center for Next Generation Initiatives (APU-NEXT)
  • Kagawa Prefecture Kagawa Innovation Promotion Advisor
  • Manager, Fukuoka Prefecture Wind Power Industry Promotion Conference