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.

China and Shared Regional Prosperity: Five Risk Factors

September 2013

This issue focuses on the finding the right approach to China, which may be the biggest task for Japan and other countries in Asia Pacific as there is no doubt about China importance to shared regiona…

Moving Beyond East Asia's Confrontational Postures

June 2013

This issue offers recommendations on how five key players: China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and the US, can assist in moving East Asia beyond its current confrontational postures.

A Reset for East Asia: Managing Risks Under New Leadership

March 2013

This issue discusses the shifting balance of power in East Asia that may spoil the future stability and prosperity of both Japan and the entire region, which is especially difficult in the context of…

Myths of Decline: Why Japan Matters as China Rises

December 2012

This issue works to analyze the myth that as emerging powers such as China and India burst onto the scene, Japan will be left behind and slowly recede from the world stage.

Japan-ROK Relations: Defusing Tensions to Build a Regional Partnership

October 2012

This issue emphasizes the importance of Japan-South Korea cooperation, not only for the sake of the two countries themselves but also for the region as a whole; this would also require the leaders in…

Politicizing the Senkaku Islands: A Danger to Regional Stability

August 2012

The issue discusses the Senkaku-related troubles, including the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, the broad ramifications for the US0Japan alliance, and China’s overall engagement with the region, a…

Remembering Tadashi Yamamoto: Intellectual Dialogue for a New Era

June 2012

This issue memorializes Tadashi Yamamoto, founder and president of JCIE; it looks back on Yamamoto’s legacy, while advocating for more intellectual dialogue in the future, in his honor.

After the Launch: Moving Forward with North Korea

April 2012

This issue focuses on North Korea’s violation of the Leap Day Agreement and numerous UN Security Council resolutions, as well as whether or not China will agree to fully implement sanctions.

Bridging Asia and the Pacific: Japan's Role in Reinforcing the US Pivot

December 2011

This issue discusses the Obama administration’s strategy in Asia Pacific, and the importance that this strategy is developed in close collaboration with its closest ally in the region, Japan.

Prime Minister Noda and Fixing the Futenma Impasse

October 2011

This issue discusses the United States’ impatience over the Futenma relocation, and hopes for some progress, even if only symbolic, to be made at the APEC leaders’ summit when Prime Minister Noda and…