Jiro Kawakita

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Jiro Kawakita
BornMay 11, 1920 (1920-05-11)
DiedJuly 8, 2009(2009-07-08) (aged 89)
Cultural anthropologist
Known forKJ Method, 1985 Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient

Jiro Kawakita (川喜田 二郎, Kawakita Jirō) was an ethnographer, a pioneer in participation of remote Nepalese villagers in researching their problems, resulting in practical benefits of portable water supplies and rapid rope-way transport across mountain gorges.[1] He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1984.[1]

He is reported[where?] as the author of KJ method for organizing notes, also termed affinity walls in UX Research. He viewed the method as an alternative to Western quantitative methods in ethnography.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. "Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation - Awardees". Rmaf.org.ph. Retrieved 2014-04-21.