Research Areas & Themes ( 2013 ): Overseas Information Analysis / Network

Building and expanding a global network

Project Leader
Project Overview This project will create a "global human resources development course" for exchanges with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and strengthen ties with other research institutes (U.S. think tanks as well as European and Chinese think tanks closely related to the U.S.). We will build a network of researchers, especially those studying Asia at Harvard University, and an advanced research network with researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge and those in France, Germany and Switzerland. We will also work with researchers of King's College London to expand a research network among Japan, China, the U.S., Europe and Russia.

Japan-US-China relations

Project Leader
Project Overview We have seen the Abe administration formed in Japan, the Xi Jinping administration established in China, and the second Obama administration launched in the U.S. Our research will focus on what kind of Japan-US-China relationship will be built after the three countries have moved to a new regime almost concurrently. While considering this subject, we will look into the following specific topics:

1) Search for the settlement of the Senkaku Islands issue and its impact on Japan-China economic relations

2) Details of U.S. foreign policy on China and Asia-Pacific as part of the U.S. policy to return to Asia

3) The role that Japan should play in the Japan-U.S. alliance amid the changing military balance between the U.S. and China

4) Negotiations for TPP and an FTA among Japan, China and South Korea, and their interactions with other economic partnerships, such as RCEP

5) Response to the risk of North Korea's nuclear capacity

World economic trend analysis

Project Leader
Project Overview The world economy has remained in a slump especially in Europe and the U.S. since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. However, 2013 will likely see either a major upturn or downturn as the leaders have changed in major Western countries, including the U.S. and France. Among BRICs, political stability and forward-looking economic measures are expected in Russia and China, where the change of leaders has completed. Meanwhile, Asian countries have entered a relatively stable period politically. We believe that it is beneficial for Japan to build a network of personal contacts in BRICs and other emerging countries and to build a framework through which proper advice can be given to these countries as needed. This would be even more important for the sake of steady growth and development of the world. From this fundamental perspective, we will perform research and analysis of emerging countries, especially Russia, Thailand, Brazil and India, and report world economic conditions.

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