East Asia Insights

East Asia Insights is an occasional policy brief that was launched by JCIE in 2006 in order to share a Japanese perspective on critical issues and challenges facing the region. The briefs are authored by Hitoshi Tanaka, a senior fellow at JCIE and chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute. He previously served as Japan’s deputy minister for foreign affairs. Opinions expressed in East Asia Insights are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position or views of JCIE.

Politicizing the Senkaku Islands: A Danger to Regional Stability

August 2012

The issue discusses the Senkaku-related troubles, including the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, the broad ramifications for the US0Japan alliance, and China’s overall engagement with the region, a…

Remembering Tadashi Yamamoto: Intellectual Dialogue for a New Era

June 2012

This issue memorializes Tadashi Yamamoto, founder and president of JCIE; it looks back on Yamamoto’s legacy, while advocating for more intellectual dialogue in the future, in his honor.

After the Launch: Moving Forward with North Korea

April 2012

This issue focuses on North Korea’s violation of the Leap Day Agreement and numerous UN Security Council resolutions, as well as whether or not China will agree to fully implement sanctions.

Bridging Asia and the Pacific: Japan's Role in Reinforcing the US Pivot

December 2011

This issue discusses the Obama administration’s strategy in Asia Pacific, and the importance that this strategy is developed in close collaboration with its closest ally in the region, Japan.

Prime Minister Noda and Fixing the Futenma Impasse

October 2011

This issue discusses the United States’ impatience over the Futenma relocation, and hopes for some progress, even if only symbolic, to be made at the APEC leaders’ summit when Prime Minister Noda and…

Consolidating East Asia Cooperation: A New Role for Northeast Asia

August 2011

This issue discusses the shifting balance of power in East Asia, which has presented new risks to regional stability; thus, ASEAN must be encouraged to take measures to strengthen its role.

Recovering from Japan's Disasters

June 2011

This issue discusses the need for a national strategy in order to recover from the March 11 disaster, in addition to the power outages, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant issues, and the economic damage.

Reinvigorating US-Japan Relations

March 2011

This issue discusses the perception gap underlying US-Japan relations, which has put the relationship in crisis in the 50 years since the revised US-Japan Security Treaty was signed.

Rethinking Our Approach to the Korean Crisis

January 2011

This issue focuses on the urgent problem of North Korea, looking back on the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, and looking forward to the presidential elections in South Ko…

The Senkaku Islands and Mending Japan-China Relations

November 2010

This issue discusses the recent incident involving the Senkaku islands, which caused turbulence in the Japan-China relationship; there are other political disagreements that have potential to raise te…