Bilateral Policy Dialogues

In the 1980s and 1990s, JCIE/Japan launched a number of annual policy dialogues that brought together leaders from various sectors to discuss the key domestic, bilateral, and international issues of the day.

Expanding Support for Democratic Governance

In 2018, JCIE launched a multi-pronged initiative to explore and expand Japan’s support for democratic governance based on the values of liberty, accountability, the rule of law, and individual dignity and empowerment. The initiative is designed to engage Japanese leaders in dialogue with domestic and overseas experts on strengthening the building blocks of democratic governance in Asia and elsewhere.

Population Decline & Immigration in Japan

A robust dialogue on immigration is essential to combating and solving the burdens that continued population decline will place on Japanese society. With the goal of playing a guiding role in that dialogue, JCIE is building upon its previous work to implement a new series of initiatives that addresses population decline and a vision for accepting foreigners into Japan.

Healthy and Active Aging in Asia

A look at the critical impact of aging on Japanese and other societies. Rapid population aging is one of the key challenges faced not only by Japan but by an increasing number of ASEAN and East Asian countries. JCIE’s new program on Healthy and Active Aging in Asia aims to contribute to the promotion of bilateral and regional cooperation on aging-related challenges in Asia.

Malaysia’s Path to Becoming Ageing Nation Fast Even By Global Standards

“MyAgeing was awarded with the 2021 Special Prize for Covid-19 Response for its contribution in helping the elderly during the pandemic… The award was part of the Japanese government’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN) and co-managed by the Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia (ERIA) and the Japan Centre for International Exchange (JCIE).”

How Japan’s New PM Can Take a Lead in Improving Global Health

“Kishida managed to make his case to Japanese voters as to why his plans to battle and arrest the COVID-19 pandemic at home, one of the top issues of concern, will be different from that of his predecessor. The new prime minister would serve the country well, however, by also ensuring that Japan plays a […]

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

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 the COVID-19 pandemic, and the election of US President Joe Biden.

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

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 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 Years after 3/11: Reflecting on Lessons Learned

On March 11 2011, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Tohoku region, followed by hundreds of aftershocks and a devastating tsunami. JCIE quickly launched efforts to support the international response by serving as a bridge between overseas donors and Japanese groups working in the disaster zone, facilitating coordination among American and Japanese humanitarian organizations, and disseminating information and analysis to support responders. We have highlighted some of the vital lessons learned from the international response efforts.

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

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 as six staff from Diet offices. The group discussed a wide range of topics in relation to democracy support and the state of democracy in Asia, including challenges with Myanmar’s democratization process, challenges surrounding the situation in Hong Kong, and Japan’s role as the region faces setbacks to democracy.