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Research Areas & Themes ( 2013 ): Politics

PAC program

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Project Overview Theoretical studies are to be made on policy simulations through three PAC policy simulations this year and subsequently relevant academic papers will be published. Under the "PAC Dojo D.C. Fellowship" program, selected PAC trainees will have a chance to be a fellow in Washington D.C., such as to U.S. Congress members' offices. This fellowship program runs for up to eight weeks.

Issuance of CIGS East Asian Security Quarterly (CIGS-EASQ)

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Project Overview Every three months, we will continue to publish "CIGS East Asian Security Quarterly (CIGS-EASQ)" which covers general review and analyses on the security situation in the East Asia and Pacific region, a perspective different from that of the Japanese government.

Corporations and international relations

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Project Overview In recent international relations theory, corporations, along with NGOs, are considered non-state entities that influence international relations. Unlike the case with NGOs, however, research on corporations as actors in the international community remains scarce. In terms of economics, there has been abundant research on the influence on international relations of globalization, the advance of interdependence, the international movement of capital, and so on. Although corporations obviously play an important role in these phenomena, they are only studied indirectly. One theme of this research will be clarifying whether such a situation is right.

Research on China

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China has achieved remarkable economic development. Politically, it receives worldwide attention as a G2 country, along with the U.S. Struggling with low growth and facing numerous social problems, Japan receives a great deal of stimulus from fast-growing China. China has increasing importance to Japan. As China is different from Japan and the U.S. in nature, there are many issues that Japan must consider. China's communist regime plays a key role in achieving economic growth, but at the same time it is creating many contradictions and problems. Pro-democracy activities have emerged and been suppressed repeatedly in China. However, given the worldwide trend toward bringing down long-lasting dictatorships, we cannot exclude the possibility that it may affect one-party rule by the Communist Party and make it unable to continue as it is now.
This research has already produced three publications.

Research on the Northern Territories issue

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The settlement of the Northern Territories issue is a major challenge that both Japan and Russia need to address. Although the issue has been left unresolved over the years, the world political order as a decisive factor has changed dramatically, with the end of the Cold War and many other events. Now that the Russian government has indicated its positive intention to settle the issue, Japan should seek its resolution by flexible approaches.
Our research aims to identify factors that have impeded the negotiations between the two countries, search for the policy that Japan should follow in dealing with the issue, and compile the results into a proposal. We will also disseminate correct knowledge to Japanese citizens.

Research on Northeast Asia

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Project Overview By defining Northeast Asia as Mongolia, North and South Korea, China (three northeastern provinces and Inner Mongolia), Russia (Far East), the Arctic Circle and Japan, we will study how the countries in the region should cooperate and collaborate in the following fields: 1) regional economies, financial systems and infrastructure; 2) transport, traffic and communications; 3) energy; 4) environment; and 5) security.

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