ພາຍໃຕ້ການນໍາພາຂອງພັກປະຊາຊົນປະຕິວັດລາວ, ສປປ ລາວ ໄດ້ວາງແຜນພັດທະນາປະເທດດ້ວຍລະບົບເສດຖະກິດສັງຄົມນິຍົມ, ຈົນມາເຖິງປີ 1986 ເມື່ອກົນໄກເສດຖະກິດແບບໃໝ່ໄດ້ປາກົດຂຶ້ນ. ນັບຕັ້ງແຕ່ນັ້ນເປັນຕົ້ນມາ, ເສດຖະກິດໄດ້ມີການຂະຫຍາຍໂຕ ແຕ່ມັນກໍເຮັດໃຫ້ເກີດມີສິ່ງທ້າທາຍໃໝ່ຫຼາຍຂຶ້ນ, ເຊິ່ງມີຄວາມຈໍາເປັນທີ່ຈະຕ້ອງໄດ້ພັດທະນາຊັບພະຍາກອນມະນຸດ ເພື່ອມາຈັດການກັບສິ່ງທ້າທາຍເຫຼົ່ານັ້ນ ແລະ ເພື່ອໃຫ້ມີຄວາມພ້ອມຕໍ່ກັບຄວາມຕ້ອງການຂອງຕະຫຼາດໃນ ASEAN ທີ່ຕ້ອງການຜູ້ທີ່ມີຄວາມຊ່ຽວຊານໃນເຕັກໂນໂລຊີອຸດສາຫະກໍາທີ່ທັນສະໄໝ ແລະ ເກັ່ງດ້ານການຈັດການ.
ເດືອນມັງກອນ 2000, ເປັນຄັ້ງທໍາອິດທີ່ນາຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີ Keizo Obuchi ແຫ່ງປະເທດຍີ່ປຸ່ນ ໄດ້ມາຢ້ຽມຢາມ ສປປ ລາວ ຢ່າງເປັນທາງການ ເພື່ອສະໜັບສະໜຸນຄວາມຮ່ວມມືທາງດ້ານເສດຖະກິດຂອງ 2 ປະເທດ, ປະເທດຍີ່ປຸ່ນໄດ້ໃຫ້ຄໍາໝັ້ນສັນຍາວ່າ ຈະຊ່ວຍເຫຼືອດ້ານການພັດທະນາຊັບພະຍາກອນມະນຸດ ໂດຍການແລກປ່ຽນບຸກຄະລາກອນຂອງທັງ 2 ປະເທດ. ຫຼັງຈາກນັ້ນ, ສູນຮ່ວມມືດ້ານຊັບພະຍາກອນມະນຸດ ລາວ-ຍີ່ປຸ່ນ ໄດ້ຮັບການກໍ່ຕັ້ງຂຶ້ນໂດຍຢູ່ໃນພື້ນຖານສາຍສໍາພັນ ແລະ ການຮ່ວມມືດັ່ງກ່າວ.
The development of Laos-Japan Institute can be seen in four different phases with specific characteristics as follows:
First phase (May 2001 – August 2006): The activities were limited in scope including business management training, Japanese language training, cultural exchange programs and library services. This phase was characterized by a boom and decline in the business management training course. Lao PDR started rapid transformation from the centralized economy towards the market-oriented economic development since the early 1990s. However, during those years, many business persons and managers in the public sectors did not have sufficient modern management knowledge and skills. They managed their works based on trial and error. The launch of modern business management training programs attracted a large number of participants. However, after several years of program operation, the number of participants declined, urging top management of Laos-Japan Institute to adjust the programs for meeting the demand in society.
Second phase (September 2006 – August 2010): In this phase, the programs at Laos-Japan Institute were modified greatly to meet the society’s needs. The master degree of business administration (MBA) program was established in 2008, Study in Japan Fair was initiated in 2007, Honda Award for Young Engineers and Scientist program was commenced in 2009, the on-site consultation on management program was initiated in 2007, business forums were also added. Due to such activity expansions, Lao-Japan Center was upgraded to Laos-Japan Institute on May 11, 2010. Such expansion in activities of Laos-Japan Institute was a very crucial condition for JICA to extend its support to Laos-Japan Institute in the third phase.
Third phase (September 2010 – August 2014): This phase was an extension of the second phase for improving the existing activities as well as adding action research and supporting Japanese investments in Laos. During this phase, Japan Foundation also established Japan Foundation Language Center in LJI, making Japanese course activities become more intensified. Japanese language proficiency test was also initiated in this phase.
Fourth phase (September 2014 – August 2019): In this phase, supports to Japanese companies in Laos are enhanced through organizing job fairs, business seminars, business matching and capacity building. In this phase, LJI activities are not confined only in Vientiane Capital, but some activities are extended to other provinces particularly Savannakhet. More research activities are also added along with case study development in this phase aiming to establish LJI as a think tank of business and investment environments in Laos for Japanese and Lao companies. Case studies will also enhance practical aspects of the education programs at LJI so that the participants will gain practical knowledge and experiences from LJI. Recent development in this phase includes the launches of keiei-juku program, Start-Up program and LJI Business Café.