Policy Recommendations

IMAI Takashi
Presenting the 20th Policy
Recommendations on
"Towards Collective
Human Security:A New
Internationalism and
Japan" to Prime Minister
KOIZUMI in July 2001

The fundamental purpose of JFIR is to promote policy-oriented research.  Therefore, all the activities of JFIR are directed towards that purpose. Two Councils were set up specifically for this.  One is for the policy recommendations in the long-term perspective and the other is for those in the short-term and immediate perspective.  The former is the Policy Council and the latter is the Emergency Policy Council. In the case of the Policy Council, a Task Force headed by a member of the Policy Council and staffed by research fellows of JFIR serves the Plenary Council as  assistants for making an intensive in-depth analysis of the issue and working out a draft of the policy recommendations.
When more than two thirds of the full members of the Policy Council endorse the draft or its revision, it is approved and becomes the recommendations of those members of the Policy Council who sign it.  Please note that in this and other cases, the Forum takes no institutional position on issues of foreign policy, though its members are encouraged not only to analyze but to propose alternatives on matters of foreign policy. Though the Forum helps its members to formulate policy recommendations, the responsibility for the contents is that of those members of the Forum who sign them alone.
Since 1988 the Policy Council has publicly announced 37 policy recommendations and presented them to the Prime Minister of Japan. Recent Policy Recommendations have covered themes such as "Positive Pacifism and Japan's Course of Action," "Japan's Energy Strategy in the Age of Globalization," "Expansion of China and Japan's Response," "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism," "Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan."

 

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"Positive Pacifism and Japan's Course of Action"

The Policy Recommendations, which had been under deliberation for more than half a year at JFIR Policy Council, were signed by 72 of its members and submitted to Prime Minister ABE Shinzo on August 5. In view of the importance of the topic raised by the Recommendations, we decided to run a full-page opinion advertisement in the August 6 issue of the national edition of The Sankei Simbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi Shimbun, as you can see below.

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37. "Positive Pacifism and Japan's Course of Action"
August 5, 2014 
Drafted by
ITO Kenichi
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman, SHIMADA Haruo, Vice-Chairman and 70 other Members of the Policy Council

 

36. "Japan's Energy Strategy in the Age of Globalization"
June 18, 2012 
Drafted by
ITO Kenichi
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman, YOSHIDA Haruki, Vice-Chairman and 68 other Members of the Policy Council

 

35. “Expansion of China and Japan's Response”
January 20, 2012 
Drafted by
ITO Kenichi
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman, YOSHIDA Haruki, Vice-Chairman and 66 other Members of the Policy Council

 

34. "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism"
failed to be adopted on January 7, 2011 
Drafted by

The deliberations by the Policy Council on the 34th policy recommendations on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" proceeded until preparation of the "final draft of the policy reccommendations" to be submitted to the fourth (final) meeting of the Policy Council. However, in view of the fact that opinions within the Council itself are, at this stage, still split on the theme of the policy recommendations, Prof. ITO Kenichi, Chairman of the Policy Council, Prof. YAMAUCHI Masayuki, Drafter of the Policy Recommendations and Prof. MIYASAKA Naohumi, Assistant Drafter of the Policy Recommendations, agreed to discontinue the task of preparing the final draft of the policy recommendations.

Accordingly, the final product of the Policy Council on the topic of "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" is the "interim draft" which was submitted to the third meeting of the Policy Council.

The 3rd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council
on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (18 October 2010)


The 2nd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council
on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (23 July 2010)


The 1st Meeting of the JFIR Policy Council
on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (6 April 2010)

 

33. “Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan”
November 24, 2010 
Drafted by
HIRABAYASHI Hiroshi
IGUCHI Yasushi
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman, YOSHIDA Haruki, Vice-Chairman and 82 other Members of the Policy Council

 

32. "Positive Pacifism and the Future of the Japan‐U.S. Alliance"
October 22, 2009 
Drafted by

The deliberations by the Policy Council on the 34th policy recommendations on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" proceeded until preparation of the "final draft of the policy reccommendations" to be submitted to the fourth (final) meeting of the Policy Council. However, in view of the fact that opinions within the Council itself are, at this stage, still split on the theme of the policy recommendations, Prof. ITO Kenichi, Chairman of the Policy Council, Prof. YAMAUCHI Masayuki, Drafter of the Policy Recommendations and Prof. MIYASAKA Naohumi, Assistant Drafter of the Policy Recommendations, agreed to discontinue the task of preparing the final draft of the policy recommendations. Accordingly, the final product of the Policy Council on the topic of "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" is the "interim draft" which was submitted to the third meeting of the Policy Council. .The 3rd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (18 October 2010) The 2nd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (23 July 2010) The 1st Meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (6 April 2010) ITO Kenichi

and his Task Force members of KAWAKAMI Takashi,TAKAHASHI Sugio
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman, YOSHIDA Haruki, Vice-Chairman and 85 other Members of the Policy Council

 

31. "Japan's Strategy for its Agriculture in the Globalized World"
January 14, 2009 
Drafted by
HONMA Masayoshi and his Task Force members of ARAKI Ichiro, OIZUMI Kazunuki, MARUYAMA Yasuyuki
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman and 98 other Members of the Policy Council

 

30. "Nature of Russian State and Japan's Strategy towards Russia"
February 20, 2008 
Drafted by
HAKAMADA Shigeki and his Task Force members of NAGOSHI Kenro, FUSE Hiroyuki, YOSHIOKA Akiko
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman and
79 other Members of the Policy Council

 

29. "India's Leap Forward and Japan"
September 7, 2007 
Drafted by
SAKAKIBARA Eisuke and his Task Force members of HIROSE Takako,
KONDO Masanori, YOSHIKATA Yuji, MURAKAMI Masayasu
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman and
100 other members of the Policy Council

 

28. "Japan and China in the Changing Asia"
October 30, 2006 
Drafted by
KOJIMA Tomoyuki and his Task Force members of NAKAI Yoshifumi,
NAKATSU Yukihisa, MASUDA Masayuki
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman and
77 other Members of the Policy Council

 

27. "The Establishment of an International Energy Security System"
May 18, 2006 
Drafted by
NAITOH Masahisa and his Task Force members of TOICHI Tsutomu,
TANABE Yasuo, KOYAMA Ken, NAGAHARA Shin
and
Signed by
ITO Kenich, Chairman and
87 other Members of the Policy Council

 

26. "Emerging New Threats and Japan's National Security"
August 15, 2004 
Drafted by
SASE Masamori and his Task force members of MIYOSHI Norihide,
MIYASAKA Naofumi, TAKAHASHI Sugio
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Chairman and
80 other Members of the Policy Council

 

25. "Japan's Place in the World: The Strategic Value of Culture and Education"
December 13, 2004 
Drafted by
HAKAMADA Shigeki and his Task force members of MIMIZUKA Hiroaki,
HURUSAWA Yukiko, NAKANISHI Shigeru and SAKURADA jun
and
Signed by
ITO Kenich, Chairman and
80 other Members of the Policy Council

 

24. "New World Order of No-War Community and Future of Japan-U.S. Alliance"
April 28, 2004 
Drafted by

The deliberations by the Policy Council on the 34th policy recommendations on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" proceeded until preparation of the "final draft of the policy reccommendations" to be submitted to the fourth (final) meeting of the Policy Council. However, in view of the fact that opinions within the Council itself are, at this stage, still split on the theme of the policy recommendations, Prof. ITO Kenichi, Chairman of the Policy Council, Prof. YAMAUCHI Masayuki, Drafter of the Policy Recommendations and Prof. MIYASAKA Naohumi, Assistant Drafter of the Policy Recommendations, agreed to discontinue the task of preparing the final draft of the policy recommendations. Accordingly, the final product of the Policy Council on the topic of "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" is the "interim draft" which was submitted to the third meeting of the Policy Council. .The 3rd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (18 October 2010) The 2nd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (23 July 2010) The 1st Meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (6 April 2010) ITO Kenichi

and his Task force members of Iiyama Masashi,
Kawakami Takashi and JimboKen,
and
Signed by
ITO Kenich, Yoshida Haruki and
76 other Members of the Policy Council

 

23. "Japan's Initiative for Economic Community in East Asia"
July 20, 2003 
Drafted by
Yoshida Haruki and his Task force members of Kimura Yukio, Aoki Hideya, Hisano Hitoshi and Higashi Kazuma,
and
Signed by
ITO Kenich, Yoshida Haruki and 72 other Members of the Policy Council

 

22. "Building a System of Security and Cooperation in East Asia"
December 18, 2002 
Drafted by
Tanaka Akihiko and his Task force members of Hayashida Hiroaki, Hiraiwa Shunji, and Jimbo Ken
and
Signed by
ITO Kenichi, Yoshida Haruki and 95 other Members of the Policy Council

 

21. "Japan's New Initiative for Global Environment"
by the Task Force headed by Mr.Ryoichi Yamamoto (October 24, 2001)

 

20. "Towards Collective Human Security: A New Internationalism and Japan"
by the Task Force headed by Ms. Inoguchi Kuniko (July 6, 2001)

 

19. "Economic Globalization and Options for Asia"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Tran Van Tho (March 26, 2000)

 

18. "Japan's Initiatives towards US, China and Russia"

by the Task Force headed byThe deliberations by the Policy Council on the 34th policy recommendations on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" proceeded until preparation of the "final draft of the policy reccommendations" to be submitted to the fourth (final) meeting of the Policy Council. However, in view of the fact that opinions within the Council itself are, at this stage, still split on the theme of the policy recommendations, Prof. ITO Kenichi, Chairman of the Policy Council, Prof. YAMAUCHI Masayuki, Drafter of the Policy Recommendations and Prof. MIYASAKA Naohumi, Assistant Drafter of the Policy Recommendations, agreed to discontinue the task of preparing the final draft of the policy recommendations. Accordingly, the final product of the Policy Council on the topic of "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" is the "interim draft" which was submitted to the third meeting of the Policy Council. .The 3rd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (18 October 2010) The 2nd meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (23 July 2010) The 1st Meeting of the JFIR Policy Council on "Japan's Response to Global Terrorism" Held (6 April 2010) ITO Kenichi (April 19, 1999)

 

17. "Japan and International Society in the Age of Information Revolution"
by the Task Force headed by Kumon Shumpei (August 24, 1998)

 

16. "Japan's ODA in the 21st Century"
by the Task Force headed by Kusano Atsushi (March 5, 1998)

 

15. "The WTO System and Japan"
by the Task Force headed by Sakamoto Masahiro (November 27, 1996)

 

14. "The Perspective of Security Regimes in Asia-Pacific Region"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Watanabe Akio (June 5,1996)

 

13. "The Essence of U.S.-Japan Economic Conflicts and Japan's Response"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Shimada Haruo (August 3, 1995)

 

12. "The Future of China in the Context of Asian Security"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Kojima Tomoyuki (January 25, 1995)

 

11. "The Future of Regionalism and Japan"
by the Task Force headed by Mr. Kobayashi Minoru(June 17, 1994)

 

10. "Political Cooperation with Europe: Japan's Agenda for 21st Century"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Nakanishi Terumasa (November 16, 1993)

 

9. "Japan's Response to the Transformation of Socialist Economies in Asia"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Sato Tsuneaki (June 8, 1993)

 

8. "The Strengthening of the U.N. Peace Function and Japan's Role"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Sato Seizaburo (October 7, 1992)

 

7. "For a More Open Market in Japan"
by the Task Force headed by Mr. Takenaka Ichio (failed to be adopted on February 27, 1992)

 

6. "Japan's Response to the Changing Soviet Union"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Takubo Tadae (April 10, 1991)

 

5. "Stabilization of the International Monetary and Trade Systems"
by the Task Force headed by Mr. Mano Teruhiko (August 14, 1990)

 

4. "Japan, the United States and Global Responsibilities"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Inoguchi Takashi (April 5, 1990)

 

3. "How to Best Utilize Economic Resources of Japan for Development of World Economy"
by the Task Force headed by Mr. Kanamori Hisao (July 25, 1989)

 

2. "Long-term Political Vision for Stabilization and Cooperation in Northeast Asia"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Kamiya Fuji (March 15, 1989)

 

1. "The Structural Adjustment of Economies of Japan, U.S. and Asian NICs"
by the Task Force headed by Prof. Watanabe Toshio and adopted by the Policy Council on March 3, 1988