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.

Getting China Policy Right

December 2008

This issue discusses the massive scale of China’s expansion and scope of its global influence, and the need for a renewed emphasis on getting China policy right to maintain continued prosperity and st…

Revisiting the North Korea Issue

October 2008

As the challenge of North Korea continues to loom large, the international community faces an environment of uncertainty following events such as Kim Jong-il’s health problems and Pyongyang’s recent m…

The Crisis of Global Governance and the Rise of East Asia

September 2008

With the November US presidential election approaching, this special edition incorporates and expands elements raised in previous issues, examining them in the context of the global governance system,…

Prospects for Japan's Domestic Politics and Implications for Its Foreign Policy

July 2008

Hitoshi Tanaka explores the potential impact of a change in government. How will events play out in Japan after the July 2007 election, and what kind of regional and global role will Japan be able to…

A Japanese Perspective on the China Question

May 2008

This issue presents a Japanese perspective on “The China Question” and offers a series of policy prescriptions about how Japan should engage its increasingly powerful neighbor in the years ahead.

Defining Normalcy: The Future Course of Japan's Foreign Policy

January 2008

This issue addresses the widespread misconceptions of what is “normal” for Japan, and the future of Japanese foreign policy, which aims to reconcile the need for leaders to actively pursue the nationa…

A Japanese Perspective on US Policy toward East Asia

November 2007

This issue contributes a series of suggestion, from the Japanese perspective, on how the United States can most effectively remain engaged and ensure the region’s continued peace and prosperity.

Japanese Foreign Policy Under Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda

October 2007

This issue addresses several questions about Fukuda’s election and its implications for Japan’s foreign policy, as Fukuda is likely to adopt a more subtle approach to foreign affairs.

Japan's Policy Agenda for East Asia

August 2007

This issue discusses the test which Japanese foreign policy faces as the international system comes to be defined by multipolarity and multilateralism, and Japan’s policy proposals through which they…

Five Myths about Dealing with North Korea: A Japanese Perspective

June 2007

This issue discusses the validity of the oft-heard critiques of the February Joint Statement, which was created after North Korea conducted a series of missile tests in July, in addition to its first-…