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China in the Japan-Euro Context-China in a Global Perspective Version 2.0

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Collaborator(s) Toshimichi NAGAIWA(Lt. General, JASDF, Retired), Tatsuya NISHIDA(Associate Professor, Hiroshima City University), Anthony Saich(Professor, Harvard University)
Research Objective Constructive expansion of research on China in a global perspective
Project Overview The Kurihara Unit has been studying "China in a Global Perspective" mainly in the security field. Our research outcomes have been highly valued internationally, as demonstrated by invitations to become partners from research institutes outside Japan.
From FY 2018 onward, the project seeks to develop research on security and economic development issues, taking into consideration Europe's response to China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.

Japan-US-China relations

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Research Objective Since the start of the Trump administration, the US has adopted a foreign policy that is essentially meant not to aim for leadership in the international community. This has raised a critical challenge for Japan's diplomacy, which has consistently been following US policy over the postwar years, and required it to be reshaped profoundly. It is indeed far from likely that Japan will review its basic stance of placing the Japan-US alliance at the center of national security. However, Japan's alliance with the US will change in nature in the context of diplomatic and trade policies in Asia, including building economic frameworks like the TPP, a Japan-China-South Korea FTA, and RCEP. This will necessitate Japan to strengthen its autonomous and self-driven leadership. From these perspectives, this project will view Japan-US-China relations, Japan-South Korea relations, and Japan's relations with other Asian countries in this new light and determine the political, diplomatic, security and economic policies that Japan should execute.
Project Overview Our researcher will visit China four times and the US three times this year to exchange views with both countries' policymakers and experts who are influential at a certain level in policy operation to gain a better understanding of current and future Japan-US-China relations. Policy recommendations will be made based on the results.

Japan's roles in the ongoing multipolarization of global society

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Research Objective The US has been exercising strong leadership in forming world order over the postwar years, but its role is weakening as symbolized by the Trump administration's negative attitude. In the meantime, the EU sees its unity being undermined, and consequently its role weakening in forming world order. If these trends continue, a movement toward a new framework for building world order based on a multipolarized system is likely to start in the 2020s and after. Recognizing these circumstances, Japan should determine where to position itself in a global society that is entering a new phase, what roles it should play in disseminating visions that will make the world better, and in building world order. To turn all these visions into reality, Japan should establish its basic policies and develop concepts for reforming administrative organizations and policy implementation frameworks. This project will publish interdisciplinary and insightful information for the medium to long term with the goal of presenting specific solutions to the above medium- to long-term challenges for Japan.
Project Overview The project leader will visit China four times and the US three times this year to exchange views based on the awareness of the above issues, while seeking to identify problems from the new perspectives presented in the above description of medium-term challenges, and to pinpoint the primary issues that Japan should address next. The destination of some of the planned visits may be changed from the US to Europe because a multifaceted, global viewpoint is considered crucial to addressing this subject. In this case, exchange of views with European experts will be added.

Exchanges with Russian universities and research institutes

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Research Objective (1) Fostering interaction with the Izborsk Club and the Russian Embassy in Tokyo through regular symposia and other events involving information exchanges and face-to-face communication, which will eventually help promote mutual understanding and economic partnership between Japan and Russia at both the government and private levels.
(2) Further expanding the human network at both the government and private levels through participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, an economic forum in Moscow, and an international forum in Rhodes.
(3) Offering intensive lecture courses and forums at schools of Economics at Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University and Far Eastern Federal University in order to build a personal network between the two countries, including academic and face-to-face exchanges.
Project Overview The project leader visits Russia four to five times a year to exchange views with Russian counterparts toward achieving the above goals.

Exchanges with economic ministries, central banks and related research institutes in Southeast Asia, and international organizations

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Research Objective Efforts will be made to expand personal networks with the Ministry of Finance, central bank and its affiliated research institutes, and Thammasat University of Thailand; the central bank of the Philippines; the central bank, Financial Services Authority and Ministry of Finance of Indonesia; the Ministry of Finance and central bank of Vietnam, along with its subordinate organizations responsible for state-owned company reform and bad debt disposal; Malaysia’s central bank; and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Specifically, this will include organizing lectures and holding symposia that invite officials visiting Japan from the above institutions.
The project will also seek to build human networks with the Philippines’ Department of Finance, Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority, Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance, Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance and central bank; Laos’ Ministry of Finance and central bank; and Myanmar’s Ministry of Finance and central bank.
Project Overview For Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, the project will continue semiannual visits as before to make contact. We will also expand our contact to government offices with which we have never communicated.
Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) will be contacted at the same frequency as above.
For Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, attempts to make contact will be made on occasions such as visits of officials to Japan, project leader visits to Southeast Asia and annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank.

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