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.
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
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
Column / Strategic Comment/ Policy Brief / Other Papers
Navigating by Sun and Compass: "Brief Two: Assessing the Impact of Abe Era Security Reforms on Japan-NATO Relations" / Mirna Galic (2019-06-11)
Navigating by Sun and Compass: "Policy Brief One: Learning from the History of Japan-NATO Relations" / Mirna Galic (2019-06-11)
[JIIA Strategic Comments] US told Russia It Is Leaving INF Treaty: Possible Impacts on the Asia-Pacific Security / Hirofumi Tosaki, Miho Okada , Hironori Fushita (2018-11-01)
Policy Brief:[Indo-Pacific Focus] No.5 "Territorial and Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea and Vietnam’s Policy" / Tran Truong Thuy (2018-07-30)
Policy Brief: [Indo-Pacific Focus] No.4 "China's Attitude to the International Legal Order in the Xi Era: The Case of the South China Sea" / Bing Ling (2018-06-27)
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)
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]
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.
3rd Japan-India Dialogue, Tokyo
Japan-US Security Seminar Follow-up Meeting, Washington, DC
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
4th JIIA-INSS (Institute for National Security Strategy, South Korea) Dialogue, Tokyo
3rd JIIA-IIS (Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, China) Dialogue, Tokyo
Archive of high-quality scholary works translated from Japanese to English
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"
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)