(English) “Japan needs to think big on Asian strategy” by Yoichi Funabashi and Andrea Ryoko Ninomiya in the East Asia Forum

On June 21st, an article by RJIF Chairman Yoichi Funabashi and Research Assistant Andrea Ryoko Ninomiya, “Japan needs to think big on Asian strategy” was published in the East Asia Forum.

The article argues that the fundamental problem with Japan’s foreign policy over the past couple of decades was its failure to ‘think big’ and establish a strategic vision for shaping the Asian regional order. In contrast, China developed and implemented a focused strategy, which paved the path to its dominance of the region today. Japan must learn from its mistakes it made during the lost decades and seize the opportunity now to join in shaping the future of the Asian regional order.