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Research Areas & Themes ( 2017 ): Politics

CIGS policy simulation and extended PAC Dojo

Project Leader
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Collaborator(s) Visiting Research Fellow Toshiyuki ITO
Research Objective The utilization of political appointees and the expansion of their role are essential to improving Japan's policy-making and policy-implementing capabilities and to better divide the roles and strengthen the complementary relationship between politics and bureaucracy. In 2009 we established the PAC Dojo to recruit and train political appointee candidates (PACs).
Project Overview (1) CIGS policy simulations (formerly "PAC policy simulations")
A major improvement starts in FY 2017. PAC policy simulation, which has been offered in the form of a closed program for PAC Dojo trainees, will be expanded to become an open program. By enhancing cooperation with the institutions that have been taking part in our policy simulations, we will find and train new talents and provide them with virtual reality hands-on training.
To further enhance the competence of PAC Dojo trainees, we will have them engage in operation and supervision based on their experience accumulated as players.
In principle, three policy simulation games will be held this year: A) a diplomatic game (e.g., resolving conflict situations), B) an economic game (e.g., managing financial crises), and C) a crisis management game (e.g., responding to a terror attack in Japan). The number of players who participate in each of these policy simulation games remains 30 to 50 in general.
(2) Joint policy simulation (formerly "Jointly performing policy simulations in English")
We will continue to consider jointly organizing a policy simulation game with other research institutes in Japan and abroad generally on an annual basis.
(3) CIGS Policy Simulation Workshop (provisional name)")
This research focuses on simulation systems (e.g., policy simulation planning and operation procedures, assessment methods) in cooperation with outside parties. Based on the results of the past policy simulations, we plan to publish a book on policy simulation.

Dissemination of Japan's views and information to other countries, and international networking

Project Leader
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Collaborator(s) Visiting Research Fellow Toshiyuki ITO
Research Objective Criticism against Japan by some of its neighbors over history and territorial issues in recent years cannot be ignored. It is indispensable that non-government players in Japan disseminate relevant information to the intellectuals or policy makers in other countries.
Project Overview (1) CIGS East Asian Security Quarterly
We publish "CIGS East Asian Security Quarterly (CIGS-EASQ)" on a quarterly basis, which is a general report comprehensively reviewing and analyzing the security environment of the East Asia/Pacific region from a perspective different from that of the Japanese government. We will also try to issue, most likely on a weekly basis, information reports in English on Japanese and global security issues.
(2) Miyake Unit in D.C.
A symposium will be organized in Washington, D.C., for CIGS's Foreign Policy and National Security Group (other units may join) to present studies and policy proposals. This initiative will also be coordinated with the existing programs (PAC Dojo, DC Dojo, and the Foreign Policy and National Security Group's program to develop human resources for international communication). For example, we will dispatch two most outstanding trainees of the English Presentation Dojo and have them give presentations at symposiums. We will practically support these trainees in dramatically enhancing their presentation skills in English by having them attend, speak and join discussions at symposiums. This will allow PAC Dojo or English Dojo trainees to get acquainted and network with experts at thinktanks in Washington, D.C., and those working for the US government and Congress, as well as to gain experience in presentations and discussions on Japanese policy issues in an English-speaking environment.
(3) Joint research project with overseas research institutes/researchers
Joint study groups and workshops with overseas research institutes will be held at the CIGS. Although such events have taken place occasionally through consultation with individual researchers, they will be organized systematically from this year onward. We will also consider accepting a Visiting Fellow who, while engaging in his/her own studies at the CIGS, holds workshops on US political affairs, such as internal political situations, foreign policies and political appointments.
(4) Tokyo Trilogy project (Facebook)
Under the theme of "East Asian Security Discussions by Three Experts," the Research Director and Senior Research Fellows will disseminate and publish their views on current issues.

Program to develop human resources for international communication

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Collaborator(s) Jim FOSTER (Professor, Keio University), Keiko OHARA (Azabu Advocacy Associates)
Research Objective Given the recent criticism against Japan by some of its neighbors over history and territorial issues, it is indispensable that non-government players in Japan should be able to share relevant and correct information with those in other countries. In particular, we are aware of the importance of young Japanese debaters who are capable of attracting audiences at round-table talks and symposia in Washington, D.C. or elsewhere outside Japan. However, there are only a limited number of Japanese intellectuals who can speak in English from a novel yet unbiased viewpoint while being easily understood and attractive to the English speaking audiences, and who are smart enough to argue firmly against unreasonable criticism while keeping a smile on their face. We will recruit and train young Japanese debaters with such skills from among young talented persons, including the PAC Dojo trainees.
Project Overview English Dojo (officially titled International Communication Leadership Skills Workshop)
"Extensive Training Course in English Presentation Skills" taught by foreign experts and other professionals* (since the autumn of 2015)
This program seeks to develop skills of young Japanese debaters who can communicate and give presentations in English at symposia or other occasions outside Japan. Full-scale training is provided to young future Japanese leaders, including scholars, researchers, journalists, Diet members, government officials and others who want to improve their English presentation skills dramatically. The lecturers invited to teach this course will include a former official of the US Department of State, and two intensive training sessions will take place with lectures and hands-on guidance.

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