Founded in 1970, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization
dedicated to strengthening Japan's role in international networks
of dialogue and cooperation.


  • Upcoming Symposium on "Why Is Germany Accepting Syrian Refugees? Germany's Experience and the Implications for Japan" (Tokyo, December 5, 2015; in Japanese)
  • New Publication: Navigating Change: ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership in East Asia and in Global Governance, ed. Rizal Sukma and Yoshihide Soeya (Tokyo: JCIE, 2015)
  • 24th US Congressional Staff Exchange Program (Tokyo and Okinawa, November 7–14)
  • 3.11 Insider: November 2015 Update
  • East Asia Insights: "Proactive Diplomacy for Peace Under Japan’s New Security Legislation" (October 2015)
  • 3rd Annual Tadashi Yamamoto Memorial Seminar at the Council on Foreign Relations on "NGOs at Home and Abroad: US and Japanese Perspectives on Shared Goals" (Washington DC, October 1)
  • Joint Diet-NGO Leaders Delegation on Humanitarian Assistance (Washington DC, September 28–October 2)
  • 32nd UK-Japan 21st Century Group (London and Oxfordshire, September 3–6)
  • Previous activities...

    Special Initiatives

    Social Media
    Japan Center for International Exchange

    3/11 Disaster Relief & Recovery Program

    Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)

    JCIE in the Media

    "Secrets of 'Three Brothers' of South Korea, China, Japan" by JCIE Senior Fellow Yoshibumi Wakamiya, Dong-A Ilbo (November 12, 2015)

    JCIE Senior Fellow Yoshibumi Wakamiya receives 36th Ishibashi Tanzan Award for his book “Sengo 70-nen—hoshu no Ajia kan" (August 25, 2015)

    "Why Is PM Abe Avoiding Immigration Policy?—Local Governments Facing Declining Populations Raise Their Voices" JCIE Symposium featured in Gendai Business article by Tomoyuki Isoyama; Japanese only (June 3, 2015)

    "Wakamiya's Review From Tokyo—A Lesson From the Forgery of Official Letters" by JCIE Senior Fellow Yoshibumi Wakamiya, Dong-A Ilbo (May 14, 2015)

    "'Human Touch' Key To U.S.-Japan Ties: Lessons From Tom Foley and Other Key Figures" by James Gannon, Asahi Shimbun (April 23, 2015)

    "Caregiver Trainee Program Coming Up Short, But Options On Table Also Daunting" JCIE's Toshihiro Menju featured in the Japan Times (April 19, 2015)

    JCIE Publications & Reports
    Asia on the Move: Regional Migration and the Role of Civil Society

    At a time when the world is grappling with a refugee crisis, JCIE’s new volume analyzes migration trends and policies in Asia and explores the role of civil society in protecting migrants in the region.

    Proactive Diplomacy for Peace Under Japan’s New Security Legislation (October 2015)

    After the passage of landmark security legislation, JCIE Senior Fellow Hitoshi Tanaka argues that Japan now must pursue more proactive diplomacy.

    Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

    This report argues that the United States and Japan need to elevate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations to be a key component of their combined regional security strategy.

    Strengthening US-Japan NGO Partnerships on Humanitarian Responses: Lessons from 3/11

    The result of a two-year study to assess the track record of international partnerships on the 3/11 response, how each side perceived the other, and what can be done to improve international NGO partnerships.

    Bringing People Together: Assessing the Impact of 3/11 on US-Japan Grassroots Exchange

    In this report, JCIE's Dr. Atsuko Geiger finds that the massive disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011 triggered a flurry of US-Japan grassroots exchanges that have had a surprisingly large impact on bilateral relations.

    Innovative Disaster Responses: Model Approaches from Japan's 3/11 Disaster

    In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, Japanese civil society, which had not been a particularly strong force in Tohoku in the past, stepped up to play an active role in the recovery and reconstruction process.

    3.11 Insider Newsletter

    Monthly updates on Japan's disaster recovery, highlighting media articles, reports, and events from around the world.

    JCIE Digital Library