【Special Features】Think about the Taiwan Contingency

While some argue the possibility of the PRC’s military invasion of Taiwan, others question the PRC’s capability of such an invasion. Where does the truth lie? How is the world trying to face this issue? How should Japan deal with it? On the Special Features page, we discuss it in the Geoeconomics Briefing, the Geoeconomics Insight, and studies by our researchers in addition to other related documents.

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Comparative Study of Defense Industries -Autonomy, Priority, and Sustainability-

Amid the push for fundamental reinforcement of defensive capabilities following the release of three strategic documents, there’s a growing sense of crisis being expressed toward Japan’s defense industry. What are the challenges and their underlying causes? Are the currently proposed solutions appropriate? Through comparative studies of Japanese and overseas cases, we will discuss policy options for strengthening Japan’s defense industry.

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Survey of 100 Japanese Companies on Economic Security

The Institute of Geoeconomics (IOG) conducted a survey on economic security among 100 Japanese companies, marking its second implementation succeeding the survey of 2021 by the Asia Pacific Initiative (API). The survey reveals cost increase and anxiety for future operations of Japanese firms due to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, alongside their increased awareness of rising US-Chinese tensions and Taiwan Contingency. Struggling to find a balance between security and economic activities, Japanese firms have strengthened information security and supply chain resilience.

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【Special Features】 Analyzing the 2022 Japanese Strategic Documents

On December 16 2022, the Japanese Government released three strategic documents; the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and the Defense Buildup Program. What is required to transform Japan’s security policy into a more realistic strategy capable of deterring and responding to existing threats? How do the three strategic documents address this issue? Where is Japan’s security headed? What are the implications for economic security? We will examine these questions through Geoeconomic Briefings, Geoeconomic Insights, and commentary essays written by our experts.

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<IOG Economic Intelligence Report>2024.05.16

IOG Economic Intelligence Report (Vol. 3 No. 10)

New Tariffs on China to Come / Blinken Visits China / China Strengthens its Ability to Retaliate / UN Launches Panel on Critical Minerals / WTO Appoints New Leadership for Dispute Settlement Talks / Nippon Steel Delays Closing Date of U.S. Steel Acquisition / Another Round for U.S.-Taiwan Talks / Analysis: Critical raw materials: Europe’s strategic autonomy and the green transition

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Taiwan and Ukraine: Challenging Authoritarianism

Asia Pacific Initiative (API), together with the Japan Program of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University, and the Yomiuri Shimbun, hosted “Taiwan and Ukraine: Challenging Authoritarianism (Yomiuri International Forum)” on January 16, 2023 at the International House of Japan. The event’s discussions were extremely lively, with approximately 80 participants attending in person and about 600 people joining the event online.

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The US and Japan’s Economic Security & China’s Trajectory (MOROFUJI Seminar)

On Tuesday October 25, 2022, the IHJ held a seminar in which IOG Director Kazuto Suzuki hosted a dialogue with Mr. Matt Pottinger. As Xi Jinping began a third term after the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Mr. Pottinger explained what the new Chinese leadership means, what it aims to do, its implications on the economy, relations with Russia, the US’s National Security Strategy, as well as the US’s human rights diplomacy. Among other points, he stressed the need for Japan and the US to collaborate and rapidly enhance the defense capability to deter China from making a misjudgment.

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