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)

A. Japan’s rule-making strategy in a transition period of international order- China’s rise and renewed cooperation among Japan, the US, and Europe.

China in a “new era” and transformation of the international order
Vacillating international order and future of American global leadership
Japan-Europe cooperation in the context of US-China hegemonic competition

B. Japan’s security in an era of great power competition

The Japan-US alliance in an era of great power competition
The Korean peninsula and the future of the peninsular order in an“era of great power competition”
Russia in an era of great power competition

C. Competition and cooperation in a transforming international order- Recommendations for Japanese foreign policy to rebuild global governance

Economic-Security Linkages
Global Issues
The Middle East and Africa

D. Beyond US-China relations: and Indo-Pacific strategy for Japan as a “cornerstone state” in building a free and open regional order

Research Outcomes

B-1: Bottom-up Review (Security Research)

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

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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.

The Impact of the US-China Confrontation on the World
Toshiya Tsugami (2019-10-28)

The Japan-US Trade Agreement: The "First-Stage Initial Tariff Agreement"
Junichi Sugawara (2019-10-24)

US Economic Policy under the Trump Administration:
An unmistakable direction transcending partisan differences

Akihiko Yasui (2019-04-09)

Advancing into a New Era for India-Japan Relations
Shuji Uchikawa (2018-12-17)

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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]
The 15th Japan-Singapore Symposium Webinar “Japan-Singapore Partnership in Regional Cooperation”
JIIA Webinar: The 4th Japan-India Indo-Pacific Forum (Japan-India Track 1.5 Dialogue) “Enhancing Japan-India cooperation for FOIP and role of the Quad”
JIIA Webinar : The Second Sino-Japanese War Reassessed
JIIA Webinar: The Political Impact of European Military Presence in the Indo-Pacific
JIIA-CSIS Symposium "China’s Maritime Ambitions in the First Island Chain and Beyond"
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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.680 April 2019 "Protecting Human Rights via International Procedures"

Japan Review

Vol.2 No.4 Spring 2019
"Japan and the Post-World War II Liberal International Order"


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

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