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.

Consolidating East Asia Cooperation: A New Role for Northeast Asia

August 2011

This issue discusses the shifting balance of power in East Asia, which has presented new risks to regional stability; thus, ASEAN must be encouraged to take measures to strengthen its role.

Recovering from Japan's Disasters

June 2011

This issue discusses the need for a national strategy in order to recover from the March 11 disaster, in addition to the power outages, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant issues, and the economic damage.

Reinvigorating US-Japan Relations

March 2011

This issue discusses the perception gap underlying US-Japan relations, which has put the relationship in crisis in the 50 years since the revised US-Japan Security Treaty was signed.

Rethinking Our Approach to the Korean Crisis

January 2011

This issue focuses on the urgent problem of North Korea, looking back on the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, and looking forward to the presidential elections in South Ko…

The Senkaku Islands and Mending Japan-China Relations

November 2010

This issue discusses the recent incident involving the Senkaku islands, which caused turbulence in the Japan-China relationship; there are other political disagreements that have potential to raise te…

Keeping the United States Engaged in Asia

October 2010

This issue addresses the changing balance of power in East Asia–from Cold War bipolarity to post-Cold War unipolarity to a new power configuration tilting toward multipolarity–and the consequent debat…

Hatoyama's Resignation and Japan's Foreign Policy

June 2010

This issue analyzes Hatoyama’s resignation, and the effects of his fall and of the establishment of the new Kan government on Japan’s foreign and national security policy.

Japan Under the DPJ

September 2009

This issue discusses the results of the August 30th general election, which brought a surprising LDP defeat, and the implications of this dramatic change for Japan’s domestic politics and foreign poli…

The North Korea Nuclear Crisis: Five Guiding Principles

July 2009

This edition of East Asia Insights analyzes five guiding principles for approaching the North Korea nuclear crisis; these include recognizing North Korea as a nuclear state, policy consistency among t…

A New Vision for the US-Japan Alliance

April 2009

This issue discusses the partnership between Japan and the United States, which must evolve into a more inclusive and comprehensive force for peace, stability, cooperation, and prosperity throughout t…