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Research Areas & Themes ( 2018 ): Politics

CIGS policy simulation and extended PAC Dojo

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Research Objective Introducing a political appointment system and expanding the roles of those political appointees are essential to improving Japan's policy-making and policy-implementing capabilities as well as maintaining proper division of labor and mutually complementary relationship between politicians and the bureaucracy. In 2009 we established the PAC Dojo to recruit and train future political appointee candidates (PACs). The project holds policy simulation games for those PAC trainees.
Project Overview (1) CIGS policy simulations (formerly "PAC policy simulations")
A major improvement starts in FY 2017. The PAC policy simulations, which had been offered in the form of a closed program only for PAC Dojo trainees, are now expanded to become an open program. By enhancing cooperation with external institutions, we will continue to recruit and train new talented PACs and provide them with virtual reality hands-on training.
To further enhance the competence of PAC Dojo trainees, we will have some of them engage in the operation and supervision of the policy simulations based on their experience as players in the past policy simulations.
In principle, three policy simulation games will be held this year: A) a multilateral diplomatic game (e.g., resolving conflict situations), B) a domestic affairs game (e.g., addressing economic issues), and C) a crisis management game (e.g., responding to a terror attack in Japan).
(2) Joint policy simulation (formerly "Jointly performing policy simulations in English")
We will jointly organize policy simulation games with research institutes or think tanks in Japan and abroad.
(3) CIGS Policy Simulation Workshop
This research focuses on simulation systems (e.g., policy simulation planning and operational procedures, assessment methods) in cooperation with outside parties. The results will be incorporated into our policy simulations.

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

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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. We will use various channels for information dissemination and seek to broaden the extent of such activities.
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 disseminate information 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 Affairs and National Security Unit to present studies and policy proposals. This initiative will also be coordinated with the existing programs (PAC Dojo, DC Dojo, etc.) implemented by the Foreign Affairs and National Security Unit to develop human resources for international communication, allowing program participants to demonstrate their skills. For example, PAC Dojo or English Dojo trainees will be given opportunities to get acquainted and network with experts at think tanks in Washington, D.C., and those working for the US government and Congress, and will make presentations and join 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. We will continue to work with a Visiting Fellow who holds workshops and other events 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. The output of the project will be expanded in FY 2018, with our Research Fellow Ito posting three to four columns a month on Korean Peninsula affairs.

Program to develop human resources for international communication

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Collaborator(s) Jim FOSTER(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) will be held. This program seeks to develop the 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 researchers, journalists, Diet members, government officials and others who want to improve their English presentation skills dramatically. In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we will increase the opportunity for those who have finished the program to attend international symposia and workshops.

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