Research Areas & Themes ( 2017 ): Overseas Information Analysis / Network

China in a Global Perspective

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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 Being the second largest global power after the US, China has had an impact on international order in political, economic, social and many other aspects, and has the potential to bring about major changes in fields relevant to Japan. These relations with China will be analyzed from a global perspective to disseminate results in Japan and abroad. We plan to continue "Watch Your Six," which has been well received.
Project Overview The project will publish an occasional paper titled "Tokyo-Cambridge Gazette: Politico-Economic Commentaries" (one paper first, and quarterly papers additionally).
A lecture meeting will be held, featuring invited speakers such as Professor Saich.

Japan-US-China relations

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Research Objective The new administration in the US, just formed in 2017, is expected to reveal its Asia-Pacific policy, particularly its diplomatic policy toward China. Meanwhile, China maintains a hardline attitude toward the US with regard to the artificial islands in the South China Sea. The international community is focusing attention on how China will react to the new US administration. The project will analyze the actions of the US and China and predict the direction of Japan-US-China relations in the medium to long term.
We believe that it is time for Japan to transform into a country that contributes to the formation of a world order as an independent key player by shifting away from the role of a supporter subordinate to the US. Based on this awareness, the project also studies principles, vision and strategy which Japan can depend on in pursuing this goal. From these perspectives, our project seeks to redefine Japan-US-China relations more subjectively and examine 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.

Exchanges with Russian 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 and the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
3) Offering intensive lecture courses at schools of Economics of the Moscow State University and the St. Petersburg State University to build a personal network between the two countries, including academic and face-to-face exchanges.
Project Overview The project leader visits Russia three to four 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 human networks with the Ministry of Finance, central bank and affiliated research institutes of Thailand; the central bank of the Philippines; the central bank and Financial Services Authority 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 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 the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, the project will continue semiannual visits as before to make contact. We will also expand our contact to government offices with which we have not communicated before.
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 their officials to Japan, the project leader's visits to Southeast Asia, and Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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