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Research Areas & Themes ( 2019 ): Overseas Information Analysis / Network

Japan in a Global Perspective

Project Leader
Collaborator(s) Toshimichi NAGAIWA (Lt. General, JASDF, Retired), Tatsuya NISHIDA (Associate Professor, Hiroshima City University), Anthony Saich (Professor, Harvard University)
Research Objective We will verify the triangular relationship among Japan, the US and China and sort out Japan’s assertions.
Project Overview Between the US and China, the relative ratios of their economic powers have been diminishing year by year, and various conflicts have been observed in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economy and technology. In these situations, what kind of relations should Japan have with both countries and how should Japan approach them? A wide variety of opinions have been offered so far.
In this research, sorting out the opinions of the US and China, those of Asian countries, and then those of Europe, we will organize discussions about what Japan should do, and will publish results externally.
Special areas of focus include national security and the technology development closely connected with it. Amid a further deepening of globalization, Japan's assertion will not necessarily be smoothly accepted by major countries. Recognizing this, we plan to clarify the position of Japan, and the positions of various foreign countries including the US and China, expand our research project in collaboration with other researchers in Japan and abroad and make external presentations.
Expected results would include preparation of leaflets and holding study meetings.

Japan-US-China relations

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Research Objective Under the slogan “America First,” the Trump Administration is adopting a diplomatic policy of basically giving up leadership for peace and prosperity of the international community to give priority to the interests of the US.
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 mainly in Asia, including building economic frameworks like the TPP, a Japan-China-South Korea FTA, and RCEP, and it would be necessary for Japan to strengthen its autonomous and independent 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 explore the political, diplomatic, security and economic policies that Japan should execute.
During that period of time, the US-China trade frictions have become more serious, and are gradually adversely affecting the world economy, not only both countries. Taking the political situation in the US after the Midterm Election, and changes in China’s policies against the US reflecting its domestic political circumstances and economic policies altogether, we will analyze possible impacts of this problem from diversified perspectives.
Project Overview The project leader will ideally visit China four times and the US several times this year for local data collection to exchange views with both countries' policymakers and experts who are somewhat 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. The project leader started to visit Europe in 2018, and wishes to deepen analysis from more diversified perspectives by introducing new views of European experts.

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) Through intensive lecture courses and forums held at the graduate school of Moscow State University, we will strive to build a personal network between the two countries, including academic and face-to-face exchanges.
(4) We will organize a forum to be hosted by the Asia Economic Institute of Graduate School of Economies of St. Petersburg State University in June 2019, and play a role as a bridge of economic exchanges among Russia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
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 Asian Development Bank, 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; Malaysia’s central bank; and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
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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