Emergency Policy Recommendations
As a policy-oriented think tank, the Forum established at its inception the Policy Council with the objective of making recommendations on matters of foreign policy from the long- and medium-term perspective. But, the Forum soon recognized the need for making recommendations from the short-term and more immediate perspective in order to cope with the rapidly changing situation both at home and abroad in a more timely and effective manner. For this purpose, another council entrusted with issuing emergency policy recommendations was set up on June 4, 1992. This council, under the name of the Emergency Policy Council, has already made a number of important emergency appeals:
(6) Exchange of Views on "Senkaku Boat Collision Incident" (October 6, 2010)
The Emergency Policy Council with its enlarged membership conducted an exchange of views on "Senkaku Boat Collision Incident" on October 6, 2010, attended by 36 members, including ITO Kenichi, President/Chairman of the Policy Council of JFIR and TAKUBO Tadae, Chairman of Emergency Policy Council of JFIR. The participating members joined in free discussions on the two main topics of "How to view China's moves" and "How to evaluate the response of the Kan Administration." At the Council, a booklet containing 38 articles related to this issue, which were posted on the BBS of JFIR (Hyakkaseiho) and those of its two sister organization GFJ (Gironhyakushutu) and CEAC (Hyakkasomei) was distributed as reference material.
(5) "Japan Should not Jeopardize its Fundamental Position in Her Negotiations with Russia on the Northern Territories." (April 30, 2009)
92 individuals representing various fields of Japan signed this Appeal, which was released by the Emergency Policy Council at the national and foreign press conference held on April 30, 2009. Upon circulation by the Jiji Press, it was reported on May 1 by Yomiuri Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun, Nihonkeizai Shimbun, Hokkaido Shimbun, and the Japan Times. On May 11, the major four newspapers also carried the full text of the Emergency Appeal with the complete list of the names of its signatories.
(4) Exchange of Views on the "Perception of History" Problem. (March 22, 2007)
The Emergency Policy Council with its enlarged membership conducted an exchange of views on the so-called issue of "Perception of History". The sensitivity of this issue was heightened by such events as visits to the Yasukuni shrine by Cabinet members. No conclusion or appeal resulted from the deliberations on this problem.
(3) "We Support the Position and Action of the United States in the Iraqi Crisis" (February 20, 2003)
The Emergency Appeal signed by 39 persons was made in response to the critical situation arising from the supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq. It has received a significant response from the media. Several newspapers such as Yomiuri Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun, and the Japan Times reported it in detail, and "Sekaishuho" (World Weekly) carried the full text of the Appeal with its signatures.
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(2) "Emergency Appeal on Japan's Foreign Policy Toward Russia" (June 29, 2001)
The Emergency Policy Council, highly concerned about Japan's inconsistent and fluctuating foreign policy toward Russia, established a committee "Thinking About Japan's Foreign Policy Toward Russia" (chaired by Ichiro Suetsugu) on April 20, 2001. With a joint signature of 10 members, the committee launched the "Emergency Policy Appeal on Japan's Foreign Policy Toward Russia": Japan should cease to stick to the position demanding return of two islands first and thereafter continuation of negotiations on the remaining two islands, but should instead resolve the issue of attribution of the Northern Territories on the basis of the Tokyo Declaration of 1993.
(1) "Let's Decide to Make a Move toward Tariffication on Rice" (February 5, 1993)
113 members signed this Appeal and it was carried by four major newspapers. The Appeal apparently had a significant impact on the decision making process of the government of Japan for opening the Japanese rice market.