JCIE engages legislators and government leaders, civil society leaders, and other experts in explorations of how to strengthen the building blocks of democratic governance and how support for democratic governance can be better reflected in national approaches to foreign policy. We also encourage a more enabling environment for civil society as a critical component in establishing and protecting democratic norms.



CSO Roundtable on Japan's Support in Addressing the Global Crisis for Democracy and Human Rights

August 10, 2021 | Online

JCIE hosted a roundtable which brought together participants from a variety of Japanese and international CSOs to discuss what kind of support is needed from japan to support democracy and human right…

Democracy for the Future | Roundtable on Shared Values in Asian Led Efforts to Defend and Support Democracy

June 29, 2021 | Online

JCIE brought together a group of leaders in the field to discuss the question of shared values in Asian led efforts to support and defend democracy

Democracy for the Future | Meeting of Civil Society Leaders on COVID-19 and Challenges to Democratic Values

June 11, 2020 | Online

JCIE brought together a group of civil society leaders for an online discussion on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for civil society and the challenges it might pose to democratic values in…

Democracy for the Future | Launch of New Japanese-Language Website

April 1, 2020 | Online

As part of JCIE’s program to expand support for democratic governance, a new website has been launched to serve as a Japanese-language hub to share information and resources on this subject.

Democracy for the Future | Diet Roundtable with NED Vice President Brian Joseph

December 12, 2019 | Tokyo

National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Vice President Brian Joseph spoke about the role of nongovernmental organizations such as the NED in supporting democracies to a group of 15 Diet members as well…

Expert–Diet Member Delegation to the United States to Discuss US-Japan Cooperation on Democracy Support

September 17–20, 2019 | Washington DC

JCIE’s 30th Parliamentary Exchange Program featured a delegation that combined members of the Diet with experts in the field of democratic governance. The group traveled to the United States to explor…

Democracy for the Future | Diet Roundtable with Professor Andrew J. Nathan

May 30, 2019 | Tokyo

Twenty-five thought leaders from Japan met with Professor Andrew Nathan for discussions on the state of democracy and democracy assistance.

Democracy for the Future | Our Role, Japan’s Role—Thought Leaders Seminar

April 19, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

Twenty-five thought leaders from Japan met with the president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (USA) for discussions on the state of democracy and democracy assistance.

Trilateral Commission | 2018 Asia Pacific Group Regional Meeting

November 19–21, 2018 | Beijing, China

The Asia Pacific Group of the Trilateral Commission held its annual regional meeting in Beijing, gathering leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issues facing the international comm…

Diet Roundtable & Thought Leaders Seminar: Japan’s Support for the Liberal International Order

June 19–20, 2018 | Tokyo

JCIE organized a series of meetings on June 19–20 to explore Japan’s approach to supporting the liberal international order and democratic governance in Asia, including a roundtable with eight leading…

Trilateral Commission | 2018 Plenary Meeting

March 23–25, 2018 | Singapore

Leaders from the worlds of business, government, academia, media, and civil society from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific gathered for this year’s plenary meeting of the Trilateral Commission.

Strength in Diversity or Increasing Polarization?: The Challenge of Local Politics in the US

February 27, 2018 | Tokyo

In February 2018 JCIE organized a seminar on “Strength in Diversity or Increasing Polarization? The Challenge of Local Politics in the US,” in which participants shared perspectives on the current pol…

17th Japanese-German Forum

November 25–26, 2008 | Berlin

The 17th Japanese-German Forum was held in Berlin on November 25–26, 2008. The thirty-five participants in the forum gathered to discuss political and economic trends within Japan and Germany and oppo…

East Asia–European Union Think Tank Dialogue

October 4–7, 2007 | Tokyo

The 9th East Asia-European Union Think Tank Dialogue was held in Tokyo, Japan on October 4–7, 2007, conferred under the theme, “Global Governance in the 21st Century: Common Challenges for East Asia…

Asia Pacific Agenda Project | Bali Forum 2006

November 27–28, 2006 | Bali

The 12th APAP Forum was held in Bali on November 27–28, 2006, and focused on the trilateral relationship that is emerging among three main pillars of global governance—East Asia, North America, and Eu…

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