Research Projects & Outcomes

JIIA is engaged in a range of research on international political, economic and security issues such as global power shifts, nuclear non-proliferation, regional integration, terrorism and energy. Our research focuses on policy analysis and recommendations as well as the dissemination of information to stimulate informed public debate. Our study groups/taskforces bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners for one- to three-year periods of intense research, and their findings are presented in reports and publications as well as in public forums often highlighted by the media.

Ongoing Projects (FY2023-2025)

1. Current security risks in the Asia-Oceania region

Traditional security risks
Risks of North Korea's nuclear and missile buildup
China and maritime interests/order
Risks in new domains (space, cyberspace, etc.)

2. Desirable international economic environment based on Japan's strengths and vulnerabilities from an economic security perspective

Economic security and Japanese diplomacy in an era of international competition

3. Influence of domestic factors in major countries surrounding Japan on international order transition

South Korea

Research Outcomes (-FY2022)

A. Japan's rule-making strategy in a transition period of international order- China's rise and renewed cooperation among Japan, the US, and Europe. (FY2020-2022)

China in a "new era" and transformation of the international order
Vacillating international order and future of American global leadership
Japan-Europe cooperation in the context of US-China hegemonic competition

B. Japan's security in an era of great power competition (FY2020-2022)

The Japan-US alliance in an era of great power competition
The Korean peninsula and the future of the peninsular order in an"era of great power competition"
Russia in an era of great power competition

C. Competition and cooperation in a transforming international order- Recommendations for Japanese foreign policy to rebuild global governance (FY2020-2022)

Economic-Security Linkages
Global Issues

D. Beyond US-China relations: and Indo-Pacific strategy for Japan as a "cornerstone state" in building a free and open regional order (FY2020-2022)

The Middle East and Africa

A. The Resilience of the "Open Liberal International Order": The Situations of the US, China and Europe, and their Impacts (FY2017-2019)

A-1: The Trump Administration's Foreign Policy and Japan-US Relations

A-2: China's Foreign Policy and Other Countries' China Policies

A-3: Europe in Turbulence

B. Bottom-up Review of Security Policy (FY2017-2019)

B-1: Bottom-up Review (Security Research)

B-2: Korean Peninsula in an 'Age of Uncertainty' and Japan's Foreign / Security Policy

B-3: Post-Putin Russia


C-1: World Economy (FY2017-2019)

C-2: Global Risk (FY2017-2019)

Subgroup (1) Analysis of Current Situation in the Middle East and Energy Issues
Subgroup (2) Analysis of Populism and Demographic Shift (Immigrant and Refugee) Issues

D-1: Rule of Law in the Indo-Pacific: Japan's foreign policy for enhancing global public goods (FY2017-2019)

Japan-US Kanazawa Conference:"Young Experts Summit on China to 2030"(December 11-14, 2015)

[Project Report] "US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands"

Major developments in the US and China and US-China relations amidst turmoil in the international order (FY2015-2016)

Security policy reality check - New security legislation/guidelines and circumstances on the Korean Peninsula and in the Middle East - (FY2015-2016)

Issues Facing the Rule of Law in the Indo-Pacific and Maritime Security (Country Profile) (FY2015-2016)

New developments in the Asia-Pacific's post-TPP economic order - Acceleration of inclusive economic partnerships and correspondence analysis of excluded areas (FY2015-2016)

Ⅰ. The Post-TPP Trade Architecture
Ⅱ. Examination of Russia's eastward shift

Japan`s Resource Diplomacy and Energy Cooperation (FY2014-2015)

Japan's Territorial Issues and the Historical Understandings of the Concerned Countries - Case Studies on the Senkaku Islands, Takeshima and the Northern Territories - (FY2013)

Japanese Diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific Age: Toward a Collaborative Relationship with Emerging Powers(FY2013-2014)

The Middle East as a Global Strategic Challenge - Outlook in 2030 and Responses(FY2013-2014)

Research on radical Islamist activities and strife over natural resources in the Sahara region - from the perspective of Middle Eastern states vis-à-vis global actors(FY2013-2014)

China Risk and Efforts toward Regional Economic Integration(FY2013-2014)

Scenario Planning for the Korean Peninsula(FY2013-2014)

Rising Challenges for the Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Global Commons (Cyberspace, Outer Space, and the Arctic Ocean) (FY2013-2014)

The transformation of Russia's political system and its impact on foreign policy(FY2012)

The future of the Arab Spring(FY2012)

Humanitarian assistance trends in the international community and Japan's role(FY2012)

The security order in Asia (in particular, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean)(FY2012)

The transformation of Russia's political system and its impact on foreign policy(FY2012)

China during a change of administration: overview of the Hu Jintao era and prospects for the Xi Jinping era(FY2012)

The present and future of regional integration(FY2012)

Arctic governance and Japan's diplomatic strategy(FY2012)

North Korea in 2012(FY2012)

New developments in US domestic and foreign affairs(FY2012)

Japan's International Competitiveness(FY2011)

The Place of Alliances in US Foreign Policy(FY2011)

Medium- to Long-term Prospects for Japan-US-China Relations(FY2011)

China's Foreign Aid(FY2011)

Maritime Security and Safety(FY2011)

Energy, Environment and Modernization in Russia(FY2011)

Political Turbulence in the Middle East(FY2011)

The Rise of Emerging Countries and the Future of Global Governance(FY2011)

Atoms for the Sustainable Future - PhaseⅢ(FY2011)

The Place of Alliances in US Foreign Policy(FY2010)

Japan-US Alliance as Public Goods and Japan's Role(FY2010)

China's Foreign Aid(FY2010)

Issue-Specific Analysis of Chinese Diplomacy(FY2010)

A Multi-layered Approach towards North Korean Regime: Political, Economical,Diplomatic, and Societal(FY2010)

Regional Integration(FY2010)

Energy, Environment and Modernization in Russia(FY2010)

The Middle East Peace Process(FY2010)

The World and Japan's Foreign Policy in the Future: Prospects in 20 Years(FY2010)

Atoms for the Sustainable Future - PhaseⅡ(FY2010)

Infrastructure of American Politics(FY2009)

Issue-Specific Analysis of Chinese Diplomacy(FY2009)


NATO at a Crossroads(FY2009)

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Russian policy-making(FY2009)

Situations in Iran(FY2009)


Atoms for the Sustainable Future - PhaseⅠ(FY2009)