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The Asia-Pacific is a dynamic region that represents approximately fifty percent of global GDP and accounts for about forty percent of world trade. In the midst of the changing dynamics in the region's security architecture caused partly by the rise of China and India, international relations in the Asia-Pacific are characterized by both cooperation and competition. JIIA addresses economic, political, and security developments in the region and delves into Japan's role in the Asia-Pacific.

Research Projects

JIIA is engaged in a range of research on international and global issues. Our research emphasizes policy analysis and recommendation as well as the dissemination of information to stimulate informed public debate.

Ongoing Research Programs (FY2017-2019)

B-1: Japan’s Defense Bottom-up Review

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

Research Outcomes

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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.

Abe's Diplomacy at a Crucial Moment
Akiko Iwata (2 February 2018)

Japan Should Actively Push for a TPP11 Agreement
Shujiro Urata (31 October 2017)

The Philippines under the Duterte Administration: Where's the Roadmap?
Yutaka Katayama (17 October 2017)

From the Two Ps to the Two Cs: The Accomplishments and Challenges of ASEAN at 50
Susumu Yamakage (5 October 2017)

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JIIA Forum / Symposium

JIIA organizes some 30 forums annually in which we invites distinguished speakers from Japan and abroad to address germane issues and offer insights on international relations and Japanese foreign policy.

[Recent Forum / Symposium on Asia-Pacific]

Theme: ”Beyond 50: Japan-ASEAN Cooperation after the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN”
Speaker: Amb. Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
(2018-02-08) Video

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International Policy Conference

JIIA regularly organizes international conference to exchange opinions and discuss policies. We hold a variety of meetings at which officials, journalists, academics and other foreign-policy specialists debate world affairs.

March 2015

3rd Japan-India Dialogue, Tokyo

Japan-US Security Seminar Follow-up Meeting, Washington, DC

February 2015

8th JIIA-IPIS (Institute for Political and International Studies, Iran) Roundtable, Tehran

2nd JIIA-CSR (Center for Strategic Research, Expediency Discernment Council, Iran) Dialogue, Tehran

JIIA-IIRI (Ilmin International Relations Institute (IIRI), Korea University) Dialogue, Seoul

JIIA-RAND Corporation Dialogue, Tokyo

January 2015

4th JIIA-INSS (Institute for National Security Strategy, South Korea) Dialogue, Tokyo

December 2014

3rd JIIA-IIS (Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, China) Dialogue, Tokyo

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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.668 January-February 2018 "The Unstable International Order"

Japan Review

Vol.1 No.2 Winter 2017


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

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