East Asia Insights

East Asia Insights is an occasional policy brief that was launched by JCIE in 2006 in order to share a Japanese perspective on critical issues and challenges facing the region. The briefs are authored by Hitoshi Tanaka, a senior fellow at JCIE and chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute. He previously served as Japan’s deputy minister for foreign affairs. Opinions expressed in East Asia Insights are those of the author.

Trump’s Rhetoric and the Future of the US-Japan Alliance

July 2016

This issue discusses the question that has been brought up by the results of the US election: Will US alliance relationships, including the alliance with Japan, weaken as part of the retreat to isolat…

Six Challenges for US-Japan Cooperation in Asia

February 2016

In this issue of East Asia Insights, Hitoshi Tanaka outlines six challenges that carry the potential to undermine US-Japan cooperation and calls for close, careful US-Japan consultation and cooperatio…

Proactive Diplomacy for Peace Under Japan’s New Security Legislation

October 2015

This issue focuses on how Japan can best position itself to play a more active—but unequivocally peaceful—diplomatic and foreign policy role by making clear how it will reconcile its need to be more p…

The Next Step for the US-Japan Alliance

July 2015

This issue suggests ways in which Japan and the United States should build upon the success of Abe’s visit to the US in late spring, by focusing on long-term efforts to take a more multifaceted approa…

Bolstering East Asian Cooperation 70 Years On

February 2015

This issue, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reflects on the progress made and the steps needed to ensure that such tragic events are never repeated.

A View from Asia: Re-energizing US Regional Engagement

November 2014

This issue focuses on the fundamental shift in balance of power in the Asian region, and without the right cooperation and management, tensions risk becoming entrenched; this is where it is important…

Forging a Common Regional Approach to China

July 2014

This issue discusses the importance of a coordinated response to the challenges that accompany China’s rapid and unprecedented economic growth.

Challenges for the US-Japan Alliance in a Changing Asia

April 2014

This issue focuses on President Obama’s upcoming visit, and hopes that it will lay the groundwork and demonstrates that the US-Japan alliance is going to increase efforts to address issues such as pol…

Japan’s Debate on Constitutional Reinterpretation: Paving the Way for Collective Self-Defense

February 2014

This issue analyzes the ongoing debate over an interpretation of the Japanese constitution; many experts believe that this re-interpretation can contribute to long-term stability and peace in the regi…

The Future of East Asia: Four Risks to Long-Term Stability

December 2013

This issue discusses four main risks in terms of long-term stability in East Asia: the regional policies of the United States and China, the nexus that has developed in the region between domestic pol…