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dedicated to strengthening Japan's role in international networks
of dialogue and cooperation.

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JCIE in the Media

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
The Next Step for the US-Japan Alliance (July 2015)

US-Japan relations have recently gained momentum, but structural shifts in East Asia are making it clear that the next step for for both countries must be to transform the alliance into a more multifaceted partnership that better equips them to work together in shaping the evolving regional order.


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.




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