The Japan Forum on International Relations

Keeping abreast of the forefront of trend of the times, JFIR organizes a variety of research programs on international and diplomatic issues, in which experts either within or without JFIR conduct in-depth researches either collectively or individually, and the results of their researches are published as a series of “Reports.” As of April 2017, JFIR has conducted 86 research programs in total.

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, JFIR launched in May 2017 a comprehensive three-year research project on ”Japan’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Era of Power Transition” with the recognition that the today’s international society is undergoing a significant turning point, with emerging countries bringing both risks and opportunities to the international community. By throwing into relief a mega-trend of the international society today, this program, composed of the four branches below, seeks to draft out a grand design of the diplomatic strategy for Japan to pursue.

Branch 1: China Risks and China Opportunities (Leader: KAMIYA Matake, Distinguished Research Fellow, JFIR)
Branch 2: Changing Strategic Environment in Eurasia and Japan’s Diplomacy (Leader: WATANABE Hirotaka, Distinguished Research Fellow)
Branch 3: Japan’s Economic Diplomacy in the Era of Geo-Economics (Leader: KAWAMI Masahiro, Distinguished Research Fellow, JFIR)
Branch 4: New Maritime Strategy of Japan (Leader: ITO Go, Distinguished Research Fellow, JFIR)