The JAPAN INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS is Japan's foremost center for producing and disseminating ideas on international relations. As an academically independent institution affiliated with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JIIA is a source of authoritative interpretations of Japanese foreign policy. Building on its work of publication, international scholarly collaboration and policy recommendation, JIIA is a forum for informed public debate.
In 1959, former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida founded The Japan Institute of International Affairs to deepen Japan's knowledge of world affairs and to bolster the foreign relations of a democratic Japan. In this effort, he garnered the support of key members of parliament, luminaries including the foreign minister, president of the Bank of Japan, chairman of the Japan Federation of Economic Associations, as well as leading figures of the academy and media. As prime minister, Yoshida steered Japan through the post-1945 democratic transformation, stepping down from office in 1954. Yoshida then served as the first chairman of The Japan Institute of International Affairs.
In 1960, JIIA received accreditation as an independent foundation from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. JIIA is a policy think-tank dedicated to researching medium-to-long term issues of international political and security affairs. JIIA (a) investigates international issues, (b) promotes the exchange of information on and knowledge of international affairs, (c) encourages research of international affairs at universities and research institutions, (d) examines Japanese foreign policy and provides constructive ideas for policy making and (e) positively contributes to fostering world peace and human progress.
The Board of Trustees and Advisory Council--comprised of distinguished representatives of Japanese businesses, foundations, think tanks, universities and the media--support the officers.
Our primary funding sources are public and private research contracts, corporate and individual membership fees, donations and publication sales.
Individual and corporate membership support is essential to JIIA operation. Please visit our Japanese language website for membership information.