Professor Kenichi Ohno awarded the Friendship Medal of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

On the afternoon of June 19, 2017, at the traditional room of the National Economics University, Prof. Kenichi Ohno of the National Institute for Policy Research (GRIPS) Japan – co-founder of the Viet Nam – Japan Productivity Promotion Initiative Program (VJPP) has been awarded the Friendship Medal of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Viet Nam signed by President Tran Dai Quang for his tireless contributions over the past two decades to the Vietnamese economy.


Prof. Kenichi Ohno and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Hong Chuong – Vice President of National Economics University


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Hong Chuong conferred the Friendship Medal to Prof. Kenichi Ohno


Prof. Kenichi Ohno and his Friendship Medal from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

In his speech, Professor Kenichi Ohno showed his gratitude to the Government of Vietnam for awarding him the highest award that a foreigner can receive in Vietnam. However, he still wants to continue contributing to the Vietnamese economy, at least until Vietnam surpasses the middle income trap. At the same time, Professor Kenichi Ohno still wants to inspire young researchers to continue to bridge the gap between Japan and Vietnam, as Viet Nam and Japan are his two beloved countries.


Prof. Kenichi Ohno gave speech at the Medal Conferring Ceremony


Close-up at the Friendship Medal

Coming to the Ceremony are lecturers and researchers who have had the opportunity to work and learn from Prof. Kenichi Ohno. There are also members of the Vietnam Development Forum (VDF), where he is a co-founder. The Vietnam-Japan Productivity Enhancement Initiative (VJPP) also came to the Medal Conferring Ceremony to share the joy and send him the most sincere greetings.


Viet Nam – Japan Productivity Promotion Initiative Program (VJPP) congratulated Prof. Kenichi Ohno


 Dr. Nguyen Duc Thanh – co-founder of VJPP is the first Vietnamese PhD student mentored by Prof. Kenichi Ohno


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