2022年9月 9日

[JS#245] Japan SPOTLIGHT September/October 2022 issue is published

Japan SPOTLIGHT September/October 2022 issue is published
COVER STORY: White Paper on International Economy & Trade 2022 - Economic Impacts of Russian Invasion in Ukraine

【Next Issue】
Developed nations today are all attempting to raise their competitiveness for reasons of economic security, and industrial policy is a common tool among them, in contrast with the situation in the 1980s. We will highlight how Japan should promote its industrial policy in our next issue, Japan SPOTLIGHT November/December 2022, which will be published on our website on Nov. 10, 2022.


Research Group

Among the three projects begun in FY 2021, the "New Industrial Policy" searches for solutions to achieve national security and restore Japan's competitiveness, while the "Rules-based International Economic System" investigates ways to achieve reform of the international economic system from a power-based one to rules-based one. The last of the research projects begun in FY 2021 is the "Roadmap of US-Japan-China Relations", which looks for a well-balanced solution for Japan among the issues of national security, foreign policy and economic relations against the background of the intensified US-China confrontation, will be continued as well in FY 2022.

Link to Research Group page (in Japanese).

2022年7月 8日

[JS#244] Japan SPOTLIGHT July/August 2022 issue is published

Japan SPOTLIGHT July/August 2022 issue is published
COVER STORY: In Pursuit of a Rules-Based International Economic System

【Next Issue】
In our next issue, Japan SPOTLIGHT September/October 2022, we will highlight the theme "White Paper on International Economy &Trade 2022" as usual. Attention will be given to an analysis of the Ukraine crisis impact on both the global and the Japanese economy. Our next issue will be published on our website on Sept. 10, 2022.



Celebrating JEF's 40th Anniversary

Chairman and CEO Masakazu TOYODAChairman and CEO Masakazu TOYODA

It has been 40 years this year since the Japan Economic Foundation was established. Our foundation was established at a time when Japan was facing quite a lot of trade frictions with the United States and Europe, with the purpose of being an institution that could usefully communicate Japan's way of thinking to other countries. The closer a country becomes to various other countries, the more likely it is for conflicts of interest to occur. Avoiding unnecessary misunderstandings and seeking solutions through exchanges and dialogue is vital, and JEF has played a part in this. By the latter 1990s, the "era of friction" for Japan had come to an end, and the "era of the WTO" had begun, which expanded and fully utilized the multilateral trade system. In these circumstances, Japan contributed greatly to the launch of the Doha Round. Our foundation continued to communicate Japan's views with the aim of spreading rules-oriented trade policies. After the 2008 WTO Ministerial Conference ended and failed to reach a consensus at the Doha Round, the "era of Free Trade Agreements and Regional Agreements" began. Here also, our foundation continued to promote on behalf of Japan the importance of regional agreements such as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which are important members of the multilateral system. And now we are in an "era of complex challenges", so to speak, with the US-China conflict intensifying, the Ukrainian crisis, the heightening of populism, achieving carbon neutrality as a response to climate change, and accelerated digitalization. Our foundation has also begun to bring together and communicate Japan's views on these complex challenges through several study groups.

As is apparent from the above, in looking back at the history of 40 years, there have been huge transitions in international economic issues. Our foundation has continued to provide messages from Japan corresponding to each era, and intends to carry on going forward.

As a method of communication, we have been collaborating with think-tanks and universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the major countries of the Asia-Pacific region to organize forum programs where intellectuals from these countries can exchange opinions with their Japanese counterparts. We also publish Japan SPOTLIGHT, which is a public relations magazine with a history of 40 years, and have also been communicating via our website in various other forms.

How long this "era of complex challenges" will continue and whether these challenges will keep piling up is unknown. But our foundation will continue to provide ideas and viewpoints from Japan whatever may transpire.

We have been able to continue our activities for 40 years with the support of not only the Japanese government, but also of leaders in academic, business and political circles, and I am sincerely grateful. Lastly, I would like to convey my true appreciation to the past chairmen of the foundation for their leadership, including Mr. Yoshizo Ikeda who was the first chairman, and end my remarks by extending my best of wishes to everyone involved for their future success.

History of the Japan Economic Foundation



Global Risk Symposium

[JS#243] Japan SPOTLIGHT May/June 2022 issue is published

Japan SPOTLIGHT May/June 2022 issue is published
COVER STORY: Evidence-Based Policy Making (EBPM) - the Current Status & Future Prospects

【Next Issue】
The Japan SPOTLIGHT July/August 2022 issue will highlight the theme "In Pursuit of a Rules-Based International Economic System" which is urgently required in a world now facing the turmoil of the war, the pandemic and superpowers' struggle for hegemony. Our next issue will be published on our website on July 10, 2022.

2022年4月 5日

2021 CJK Cooperation Dialogue Online Symposium

[more]Past Forum

Theme CJK Cooperation in the Post Pandemic Era
Date Monday, 17 January, 2022
Format Online Symposium
Co-host China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD)
China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA)
East Asia Foundation(EAF)
Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)

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Presentation Materials AHN Choong YongYukiko FUKAGAWAKIM Do-HoonShujiro URATACHO Choong-JaeKeigo AKIMOTOIzuru KOBAYASHIWHANG JoohoKIM Jung-Sik
Naoyuki YOSHINOYI Insill
Kazushige TANAKA


Japan-US Forum 2021 (Washington D.C.) Online Symposium

[more]Past Forum

Theme How should the US-Japan Alliance take leadership to avoid decoupling of the world economy during a time of US-China conflict, and deepening of the confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy?
Date January 11, 2022
Venue Online
Co-host Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Japan Economic Foundation

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[JS#242] Japan SPOTLIGHT March/April 2022 issue is published

Japan SPOTLIGHT March/April 2022 issue is published
COVER STORY: The Roadmap to Zero Carbon Emissions

【Next Issue】
The Japan SPOTLIGHT May/June 2022 issue will highlight Evidence-Based Policy Making (EBPM) in Japan. With the availability of a wider range of data sources as well as advanced econometrics, the value of EBPM is being enhanced in Japan. Various experts talk about their assessments. Our next issue will be published on our website on May 10, 2022.


Asia-Pacific Forum 2021 (China) Online Symposium

[more]Past Forum

Theme Process of Asia Pacific Cooperation in the Post Pandemic Era: Opportunities and Prospects
Date Friday, 3 December, 2021
Format Online Symposium
Co-host China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD)
Japan Economic Foundation (JEF)

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SummarySummary in English

PresentationSession1 AHN Choong-Yong Session1 Khine Khine NWE Session1 VO Tri Thanh Session1 Mignonne Man Jung CHAN Session2 Murray McLEAN Session2 Shujiro URATA Session2 Simon SC TAY Session2 Gary HAWKE Session2 Josef T.YAP


2022年1月 7日