The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), founded in 1959, is a private, nonpartisan policy think-tank focused on foreign affairs and security issues. In addition to a wide range of research projects, the institute promotes dialogues and joint studies with other institutions and experts at home and abroad, examines Japanese foreign policy and makes proposals to the government, and disseminates information on international relations to the public. The institute, together with a large network of affiliated scholars, aims to serve as an indispensable resource on international affairs in a complex world. More About JIIA

What's New

JIIA Public Symposium We are holding an international symposium on the topic of "Japan-US energy cooperation" on Monday 27 October 2014. Registration here.

KOKUSAI MONDAI (International Affairs) No.635 October 2014 Focus: "Public Diplomacy: An International Overview" (15 Oct 2014)

JIIA Forum / Symposium [Video streaming(members only)] Speaker: Amb. Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan
Theme: "Australia, Japan, and the world's premier economic forum: An Australian perspective on the G20" (26 Sep 2014)

[Fellowships] We are now accepting applications for the Japan-Korea Dialogue Fellowship Program. Details are available here.

KOKUSAI MONDAI (International Affairs) No.634 September 2014 Focus: "Economics and Security" (12 Sep 2014)

KOKUSAI MONDAI (International Affairs) No.634 September 2014 Special Contribution by Shiro Armstrong
"Economics Still Trumps Politics Between Japan and China" (12 Sep 2014)

AJISS-Commentary No.206 "Food Safety Scandal and Sino-Japanese Relations" / Tomoo Marukawa (12 Sep 2014)



JIIA Forum / Symposium

Amb. Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan
Theme: "Australia, Japan, and the world's premier economic forum: An Australian perspective on the G20"
(2014-09-26) Video

Ms. Liesl Gerntholtz, The executive director, the women's rights division, Human Rights Watch
Theme: "What the world expects from the Abe diplomacy: from women's rights perspective"
(2014-04-08) Video

Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service
Theme: "The European Union’s strategic partnership in East Asia - what does it mean for Japan?"
(2014-03-27) Video

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International Conference

November 2013

Japan-US Kanazawa Conference(November 22-25 2013)
"A Changing World and the Japan-US Alliance"    [English]    [Japanese]

September 2013

The sixth Japan-New Zealand Track 1.5 Dialogue (23 September 2013)
-Digest (

June 2013

The 8th Japan–Australia Track 1.5 Dialogue (June 20–21,2013)
-Policy Recommendations

March 2013

The 19th Japan-U.S. Security Seminar, San Francisco (Mar 15-16, 2013)
New Governments, Renewed Purpose: the 19th Japan-US Security Seminar-A Conference Report (March, 2013)

The US-Japan alliance in action: Threats to thwart, opportunities to seize, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Washington, DC
(13 March 2013)
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AJISS-Commentary is an occasional op-ed type publication. It aims to present a variety of Japanese views on international relations to international intellectuals interested in Japanese external policy.

Food Safety Scandal and Sino-Japanese Relations
Tomoo Marukawa (12 September 2014)

Tax System Reform Compatible with Fiscal Soundness
Toshihiro Ihori (5 September 2014)

Xi Jinping's New Asian Security Concept
Seiichiro Takagi (27 August 2014)

The New Indian Government and Japan
Toru Ito (14 August 2014)

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Ongoing Projects

Japanese Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific Age: Toward a Collaborative Relationship with Emerging Powers(FY2013-2014)

The Middle East as a Global Strategic Challenge – Outlook in 2030 and Responses(FY2013-2014)

Research on radical Islamist activities and strife over natural resources in the Sahara region – from the perspective of Middle Eastern states vis-à-vis global actors(FY2013-2014)

China Risk and Efforts toward Regional Economic Integration(FY2013-2014)

Rising Challenges for the Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Global Commons (Cyberspace, Outer Space, and the Arctic Ocean) (FY2013-2014)

Scenario Planning for the Korean Peninsula(FY2013-2014)

Research Outcomes

The transformation of Russia's political system and its impact on foreign policy(FY2012)

The future of the Arab Spring(FY2012)

Humanitarian assistance trends in the international community and Japan's role(FY2012)

The security order in Asia (in particular, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean)(FY2012)

The transformation of Russia's political system and its impact on foreign policy(FY2012)

China during a change of administration: overview of the Hu Jintao era and prospects for the Xi Jinping era(FY2012)

The present and future of regional integration(FY2012)

Arctic governance and Japan's diplomatic strategy(FY2012)

North Korea in 2012(FY2012)

New developments in US domestic and foreign affairs(FY2012)

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JIIA Annual Brochure 2014

A highlight of JIIA's recent activities and a summary of its organization.



Kokusai Mondai (International Affairs)

No.635 October 2014 "Public Diplomacy: An International Overview"


What Do Alliances Mean to the US?
(Fumiaki Kubo ed., 2013)

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