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Research Areas & Themes ( 2019 ): 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")
We have made steady progress in improving the project since FY 2017. The original PAC policy simulations, which had been offered as a closed program only for PAC Dojo trainees, are now upgraded to an open program. In close cooperation with some institutions that had participated in the policy simulations, we continue to recruit and train new talented PACs and provide them with virtual reality hands-on training. Through this, we will also upgrade the methodologies of the policy simulations.
These policy simulations will be organized, in principle, three times a year under the following three themes: A) a multilateral diplomatic game (e.g., resolving conflict situations); B) a domestic policy game (e.g., addressing economic issues); and C) a crisis management game (e.g., responding to a terrorist attack in Japan). We expect as before roughly 30 to 50 participants for each game.
(2) Joint policy simulation
We will consider jointly organizing policy simulation games with other research institutes or think tanks in Japan as well as those abroad about once a year.
(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 entities.
With the aim of starting to incorporate recent research results into our policy simulations this year, we will hold workshops under the following themes: "effective utilization of human resources in the field of policy-making"; "international cooperation and international order"; "acceptance of foreign workers and national security"; and "Big Data and AI: analysis of international situations using innovative technology."

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) Writing of English columns
We will dispatch English columns on diplomacy and national security from Japan, as well as analytical reports on major political events, as appropriate.
(2) Miyake Unit in D.C.
A symposium will be organized in Washington, D.C., for CIGS's Foreign Affairs and National Security Group (FANS) to present studies and policy proposals. This symposium is coordinated with the existing programs (PAC Dojo, DC Dojo, English Dojo, etc.) by FANS to develop human resources for international communication. This program also allows participants to demonstrate their performance in English. They can dramatically improve their presentation skills in English by actually providing lectures and/or joining discussions, at symposiums. As a result, trainees will be given opportunities to get acquainted and network with experts at think tanks in Washington, D.C., as well as with those working for the US government and Congress. The participants will also experience giving presentations or joining 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 start to systematize this, although those workshops were previously held unregularly after proposals to the project members. We will continue to work with a Visiting Fellow who engages in his or her own research activities at the CIGS. We will also consider holding workshops on US policy issues, such as internal political situations, foreign policies and political appointees.
(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 project will also post columns by our Research Fellows Kohtaro ITO and Tomoaki HONDA.

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.
"Special Training Course for English Presentation" a lecture by foreign experts, etc. (since Autumn 2015)"
This program aims at developing the skills of young Japanese in communicating and giving presentations in English at international conferences, symposium or other similar occasions to be held 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.
We have invited former US State Department official or other talented persons as trainers in the workshop who will provide intensive training sessions including tips and practical guidance for presentations.

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