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Tanaku Juku - Seminar Series for Emerging Leaders

There has been a lack of sufficient dialogue within Japanese society on the future path that Japan should take, the approaches it should take to the various foreign policy challenges it faces, and the type of foreign policy it should be pursuing. In order to encourage future leaders to think more seriously about Japan’s international role, in 2006 JCIE launched the “Tanaka Juku,” a three-month series of intensive evening seminars for 25 young political leaders, corporate executives, journalists, and emerging intellectual leaders under the tutorage of Hitoshi Tanaka, JCIE senior fellow and former deputy minister for foreign affairs. Sessions have been organized annually since the spring of 2006, featuring prominent guest commentators—ranging from former government officials to leading media figures to top scholars. In each of the sessions, the participants discussed and debated key issues related to Japan’s evolving international role and responsibilities.