Japanese Politics & Foreign Relations

JCIE programs deepen understanding of the political and foreign policy dynamics in Japan, promote a greater Japanese voice in international affairs, and build ties among leaders from various sectors—government, business, civil society, academia, and more—in Japan and around the world.

CURRENT PROGRAMS

RELATED ACTIVITIES


30th Korea-Japan Forum

August 18 and 24–26, 2022 | Tokyo

The 30th Korea-Japan Forum, held in Tokyo, brought together participants to discuss domestic political shifts and bilateral relations, economic and security issues facing the two countries, and the la…


Launch of the G7 Global Health Task Force

August 10, 2022 | Japan

Ahead of the G7 Summit, JCIE has established the 2023 G7 Global Health Task Force under the Executive Committee on Global Health and Human Security to make recommendations to the Japanese government o…


Trilateral Commission | 2022 Plenary Meeting

June 10–12, 2022 | Washington DC

The Trilateral Commission held its 2022 meeting in Washington DC—the first in-person plenary since the pandemic began—drawing hundreds of leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issue…


2022 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue | Tokyo Meetings

May 29, 2022 | Tokyo

A roundtable on recent developments in women’s issues was held, taking advantage of a visit to Japan by Dialogue Co-chair Rep. Diana DeDegette (D-CO). This was followed by a smaller lunch meeting that…


Congressional Staff Briefing on US-Japan Relations

April 13, 2022 | Washington DC

JCIE/USA hosted a briefing with Minister Ishigaki (Embassy of Japan), Emma Chanlett-Avery, and Mark Manyin (Congressional Research Service) to update Congressional Staff on the latest developments for…


2022 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue

January–March 2022 | Online

JCIE is holding the 2022 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue, a three-part virtual discussion bringing together more than 40 women leaders from across multiple sectors from the United States and Japan. Th…


UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 38th Conference

March 8 & 11, 2022 | Online

The 38th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the participation of around 20 members from each country, who held discussions on t…


EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE | Japan’s Economic Security Legislation and Implications for Japan and US-Japan Relations

March 9, 2022 | Online

JCIE/USA hosted an online discussion to examine US and Japanese approaches to ensuring economic security as part of its Executive Roundtable series. The hour-long discussion took place in the context…


2022 Japanese Young Political Leaders Virtual Exchange

March 1–25, 2022 | Online

The 2022 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program was held virtually, allowing the 31st Japanese delegation to explore US-Japanese relations and build global relationships.


29th Korea-Japan Forum

November 29 and December 3, 2021 | Online

The 29th Korea-Japan Forum, held online, brought together participants to discuss domestic political shifts and bilateral relations, economic and technology cooperation, and the latest geopolitical de…


Trilateral Commission Special Global Meeting on Global Capitalism in Transition

November 3–5, 2021 | Virtual

The Trilateral Commission launched the Task Force on “Global Capitalism in Transition” in April 2021, consisting of 30 experts and Commission members from the three regions, and conducted a series of…


EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE | Japan’s General Election Results

November 3, 2021 | Online

On November 3, the inaugural session of JCIE/USA’s Executive Roundtable series was held online. The session featured two experts who dicussed the implications of Japan’s recent election, including the…


ACYPL Virtual Town Hall | From the Pandemic to the Podium: Perspectives from Japan

July 20, 2021 | Online

In the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics JCIE co-hosted a virtual town hall meeting that brought together Japanese legislators and media persons to discuss the event.


29th Japanese-German Forum

May 20–21, 2021 | Online

Japanese and German politicians, policy experts, business leaders, and journalists participated in a virtual forum to discuss key issues for Japan, Germany, and their bilateral relationship.


2021 US Young Political Leaders Virtual Exchange

May 18–June 4, 2021 | Online

The 2021 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program was held virtually, allowing the US delegation to explore US-Japanese relations and build global relationships.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS


Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections | Concluding Paper

Harukata Takenaka

May 2022

This report serves as the concluding paper for a project on “Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections” and was written by the project lead, Dr. Harukata Takenaka, to summarize the key points that em…


The China Challenge and US-Japan Relations under Fumio Kishida

December 2021

Japan’s new Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, passed his first test and guided the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to victory in the Lower House election on October 31, less than one month after he…


Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections 3 | Civil Society, Diversity, and Media

Harukata Takenaka, Toshiki Abe, Rieko Kage, Kaori Hayashi

April 2022

This report transcribes discussions that took place as part of JCIE’s project on “Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections”. The report details the contents of the 3rd dialogue to take place as part…


Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections 2 | Government Systems

Harukata Takenaka, Yosuke Sunahara, Satoshi Machidori, Takako Hikotani

April 2022

This report transcribes discussions that took place as part of JCIE’s project on “Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections”. The report details the contents of the 2nd dialogue to take place as part…


Japan’s Democracy: Lessons and Reflections 1 | The Current State of Japan’s Democracy

Harukata Takenaka, Kenneth Mori McElwain, Kensuke Takayasu, and Naoko Taniguchi

April 2022

This report transcribes discussions that took place amongst members of JCIE’s research team for our project on Expanding Support for Democratic Governance. The initial discussion took place shortly af…


Report of the 2021 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue | Seeking the "Next Normal"—Creating a Post-Pandemic World Where Women (and Men) Can Thrive

Kimberly Gould Ashizawa

July 2021

A report on the 2021 US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue, held virtually in March–April 2021, featuring a series of recommendations based on the discussions among 40 women from politics, business, media,…


Research Team Trialogue 2: The Spread of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Global Democracy

Kaori Shoji, Hiroaka Shiga, and Ryo Sahashi

January 2021

This transcription of a discussion between three research team members from JCIE’s project on Expanding Support for Democratic Governance focuses on the potential threats to democracy in the light of…


Deepening US-Japan Strategic Cooperation on China and the Indo-Pacific

June 2021

The new Biden administration has emphasized the importance of cooperation with East Asian allies to uphold a stable, rules-based regional order, while at the same time seeking a tough and united appro…


The Time Has Come for a COVID-19 Marshall Plan

James Gannon

May 25, 2021

“In his announcement of COVID-19 vaccine donations, President Biden evoked World War II by vowing that the U.S. will be the world’s “arsenal of vaccines.” It is time to instead harken back to the imme…


Research Team Trialogue: The Spread of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Global Democracy

Takako Hikotani, Harukata Takenaka, and Kimitoshi Yabuki

November 2020

This transcription shares a conversation between three JCIE research team members from the project on Expanding Support for Democratic Governance on their assessments of the current state of democracy…


Japan's Friendship with the US Remains Unshakable

Koji Tomita

March 11, 2021

This opinion piece was written by Ambassador Koji Tomita, who references a 2016 JCIE survey on US givings in the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami disaster response.


The Biden Administration’s Chance to Get Asia Policy Right—A View from Japan

February 2021

The Biden administration faces complex challenges in maintaining peace, stability and prosperity while restoring multilateral diplomacy with East Asia. Overcoming these obstacles will require special…


US-Japan Cooperation on COVID-19 with James Gannon

January 28, 2021

Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, discusses Japan’s COVID-19 response and the expanding potential of the US-Japan cooperation in this episode of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center’s “Asia in Was…


Global Health Needs US-Japan Partnership

James Gannon

December 18, 2020

Jim Gannon, Executive Director of JCIE/USA, calls for greater US-Japan partnership on pandemic response and global health in this piece for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Asia Unbound blog, pointin…


Navigating China Relations and the US-Japan Alliance

October 2020

In January 2020, the United States and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the revised US-Japan Security Treaty. Steps to strengthen this relationship, which should not be taken for granted, include…