Research is one of the core activities of JIIA to provide useful policy ideas and analysis. JIIA conducts a wide range of research including international relations, economic issues and regional topics. The results of our research are widely disseminated to stimulate informed public debate. Our study groups/taskforces bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners for research projects. Along with these research findings, we offer periodic as well as occasional publications that include monthly journal Kokusai Mondai (International Affairs) and AJISS Commentary.


Ongoing Research Programs (FY2017-2019)

A-1: The Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy and Japan-US Relations

A-2: China’s Foreign Policy and Other Countries’ China Policies

A-3: Europe in Turbulence

B-1: Japan’s Defense Bottom-up Review

B-2: Korean Peninsula in an ‘Age of Uncertainty’ and Japan’s Foreign / Security Policy

B-3: Post-Putin Russia


C-1: World Economy

C-2: Global Risk

Subgroup (1) Analysis of Current Situation in the Middle East and Energy Issues
Subgroup (2) Analysis of Populism and Demographic Shift (Immigrant and Refugee) Issues

D-1: Rule of Law in the Indo-Pacific: Japan’s foreign policy for enhancing global public goods

Research Outcomes

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BOOK (available in Japanese)

JIIA has published over one hundred books.

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

Political Infrastructure of American Politics
(Fumiaki Kubo ed., 2010)

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JOURNAL (available in Japanese)

JIIA has published monthly journal "Kokusai Mondai (International Affairs)" since 1960, which is a leading journal of scholarly analysis of Japanese fereign policy and international affairs. It is available to JIIA member and by paid subscription.

"The Japan Review" is an English journal that is published three times a year, offering a broad range of expertise on foreign policy issues connected to East Asia. With the Japan Review, our objective is to outline key areas related to the context and challenges Japan faces on a range of historical and geo-strategic issues.


Along with research projects, JIIA puts forward policy recommendations on topical issues of Japanese foreign policy and international affairs.

[Recent policy recommendations]
"Recommendations for Japan's Middle East Policy"(October 8, 2015) "Development of the Russian Far East/Siberia and Japan's Economic Security(FY2014)"(Russian/Русский) (June 23,2015)


Column / Report / Other Papers

pdf Column: [Indo-Pacific Focus] No.3 "Issues Impacting Malaysia’s Maritime Security Policies and Postures" / Thomas Daniel (2018-06-18)

pdf Column: [Indo-Pacific Focus] No.2 "21st Century Philippine Maritime Security Policy: From Balancing to Appeasement" / Renato Cruz De Castro (2018-06-11)

pdf Column: [Indo-Pacific Focus] No.1 "Wither American Strategy? The Future of U.S. Policy toward the Indo-Pacific" / Ian Easton (2018-05-25)

pdf "Budding Ties? The Impact of Brexit on Europe-Japan Relations" / Irina Angelescu (2018-04-12)

pdf Japan - India Strategic Dialogue co-hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Ananta Aspen Centre and the Confederation of Indian Industry (2017-05-24)

pdf Special Conribution to "Kokusai Mondai," No.661 by Dr. Gerald Chan, Professor of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland
"From Laggard to Superpower: Explaining China's High-Speed Rail ‘Miracle’"

pdf Special Conribution to "Kokusai Mondai," No.661 by Dr. Rosemary Foot, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, University of Oxford
"China and the International Human Protection Regime: Beliefs, Power and Status in a Changing Normative Order"

pdf Column: [US-China Relations Report] Vol.3 "Australia and US-China Relations" / Yusuke Ishihara (2016-04-26)

pdf Column: [US-China Relations Report] Vol.5 "US-China Relations and the Korean Peninsula" / Hideya Kurata (2016-03-31)

pdf Column: [US-China Relations Report] Vol.4 "US‐China Relations and Climate Change: Tackling the Global Agenda" / Hiroshi Ota (2016-03-22)

pdf Column: [US-China Relations Report] Vol.7 "The Three Noes and Four Noes" / Yoshifumi Nakai (2016-03-22)

pdf Column: [US-China Relations Report] Vol.6 "Key Points of Contention in US‐China Economic Relations" / Hideo Ohashi (2016-03-22)

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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.

Higher US Tariffs on Steel/Aluminum Imports and Japan's Response
Shujiro Urata (16 April 2018)

The Economic Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Japan: Japanese Industry at a Crossroads
Koichi Iwamoto (4 April 2018)

Toward a more comprehensive approach to national defense in 2018
Eiichi Funada (27 March 2018)

Fiscal Consolidation and Consumption Tax
Hiroshi Yoshikawa (6 February 2018)

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Japan Digital Library Archive of high-quality scholary works translated from Japanese to English


JIIA Annual Brochure 2018

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



Kokusai Mondai (International Affairs)

No.671 May 2018 "New Issues in the Middle East"

Japan Review

Vol.1 No.3 Spring 2018


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

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