IDE was originally founded as a statutory organization under the jurisdiction of the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) to act as a social science institute for basic and comprehensive research activities in the areas of economics, politics, and social issues in developing countries and regions. Since its merger with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in July 1998, IDE-JETRO has aimed to expand trade relations and promote economic cooperation with all developing countries and regions, including the rest of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, and Eastern Europe.
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Founder gender: Other/Not applicable
Leader gender: Male