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.

Democracy for the Future: Sunnylands Intitative

Democracy for the Future: SUNNYLANDS INITIATIVE Since January 2020, JCIE has been involved in an initiative convening key Indo-Pacific thought leaders on democracy from Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States for a series of discussions on how to advance democratic principles and governance, and human rights in […]

Diet Roundtable | Policy Dialogue for Advancing LGBT Rights and Equality in Japan

JCIE brought together a group of Diet members to speak with a representative who worked on Taiwan’s campaign for marriage equality, to discuss recent Japanese legislation aimed at protecting LGBTQ people

2023 Japanese Women Leaders Delegation to the US

JCIE brought a delegation of six Japanese women leaders from political and business sectors to Washington DC to participate in a weeklong series of activities to explore issues related to US-Japan relations and women’s empowerment.

Diet Roundtable | Defending Universal Values in the Indo-Pacific Region: Japan’s Role Post-Hiroshima Summit

JCIE brought together a group of Diet members to meet with Derek Mitchel, President, National Democratic Institute, to discuss defending human rights and universal values in the Pacific as a follow-up to the Hiroshima G7 Summit.

The US and Japan as G7 Champions of Health and Democracy

In this op-ed published in the Diplomat ahead of the 2023 G7 Summit in Hiroshima, JCIE/USA Executive Director Kazuyo Kato and Ambassador (ret.) Mark Lagon, Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, call for more deliberate US-Japan collaboration in the areas of global health and democratic norms to underpin the two countries’ mutual commitment to uphold human dignity.

Diet Roundtable | Japan’s Role in Defending Democracy in the Indo-Pacific Region

JCIE brought together a group of leaders in the field to discuss how the international community should address human rights violations and expectations for the G7, which Japan was hosting later that year.

Trilateral Commission | 2022 Asia Pacific Group Regional Meeting

The Asia Pacific Group of the Trilateral Commission held its annual regional meeting in Tokyo, gathering leaders from around the globe to promote dialogue on key issues facing the international community.

Interviews from the Sunnylands Initiative Retreat

At the second meeting of the Sunnylands Initiative on Enhancing Democratic Partnership in the Indo-Pacific region in Japan, select participants shared their thoughts on key issues concerning democracy in the region in a series of short video clips.

The Struggle for Democracy in Asia Deserves Our Support

This piece by Freedom House President Michael Abramawitz highlights recent trends in democracy in Asia and beyond, as well as Mr. Abramawitz’s attendance at the recent Sunnylands Initiative Retreat in Odawara, Japan.