Policy Entrepreneurs Symposium: “PEP Summit 2021 – Opening Doors”
On October 5th, 2021, Asia Pacific Initiative (API) hosted “PEP Summit 2021 – Opening Doors”. The PEP Summit is an annual symposium hosted by API’s Policy Entrepreneur’s Platform (PEP).
Inviting Japan’s leading policy entrepreneurs, API hosted a 3-hour discussion focusing on important factors for fostering an ecosystem of policy entrepreneurship in Japan. “What kind of role should policy entrepreneurs, business leaders, journalists and various professionals play in their respective fields in order to solve the social problems they encounter?” “The government’s new Digital Agency recruited many experts from the private sector. How can we further promote the ‘revolving door’ system in Japan?” “How can government bodies run effective PDCA cycles for their policy making?” To address these questions, speakers underscored the importance of “naming ourselves policy entrepreneurs first,” “finding comrades,” “taking a first step anyway,” “amplifying unheard voices,” “drawing attention so as to make the issue a social agenda,” “cajoling opponents,” “engaging,” “getting involved,” “moving,” etc. Discussions took place with the aim of enticing every one of us to embark on the path of policy entrepreneurship.
◾️The program, list of speakers, and recordings of our sessions are available here
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Winning Articles of “PEP Journalism Award” Announced
Asia Pacific Initiative (API) announced the winning articles of the inaugural “PEP Journalism Award” on July 30, 2021. API established the “PEP Journalism Award” in 2021 under the belief that vibrant journalism is imperative in nurturing inclusive and vigorous liberalism and democracy. Rationale of selection, winners’ comments, and the awards ceremony are available on the “PEP Journalism Award ” website (in Japanese only).
“API Symposium on Geoeconomics – Geoeconomics and Japan’s Strategy”
In celebration of the first anniversary of the API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies and API Geoeconomic Briefing, Asia Pacific Initiative (API) organized a symposium to discuss what strategies governments, corporations, and individuals should develop and how they should deal with geoeconomics challenges. Following a keynote speech by Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, co-author of “War by Other Means,“ leading politicians, scholars and practitioners in Japan led a discussion on the nuances of Japan’s strategy.
Symposium “What has Japan’s Governance Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and the COVID-19 Pandemic?”
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident, Asia Pacific Initiative (API) organized a symposium to discuss the issues that the two national crises posed to Japan’s governance by inviting speakers from API’s independent investigation commissions on the Fukushima nuclear accident and COVID-19, as well as practitioners directly involved in those crises.
UMADA Takaaki published Implementing the Future
On January 24th, 2021, UMADA Takaaki, Chair of API’s Social Implementation of Technology project, published Mirai wo Jisso Suru [Implementing the Future] with Eiji Press in Japanese. This book provides the result of studies and interviews collected by API’s working group on Japan’s “social implementation” – or the diffusion of technology – conducted from April 2019 to August 2020. It also includes proposals and a framework for better social implementation in Japan based on this research.
Asia Pacific Initiative Forum 2020 Virtual Event
Asia Pacific Initiative (API) held the Asia Pacific Initiative Forum (APIF) 2020 as a virtual event broadcasting from Yokohama on December 4-5th, 2020.
APIF is an invite-only forum which aims to look forward 30 years into the future of Asia and create a new innovative ecosystem together with business leaders mainly from Japan, India, and the ASEAN countries. We seek to become an exchange platform, developing synergies through innovative ideas and the endeavors of our participant companies.
With the vision of “Articulating Asian Ideas”, discussions were held regarding Asia’s multi-dimensional prosperity, as the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the need for a fundamental rethink of existing economic and social frameworks.
Report on Japan’s response to COVID-19
“The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19”, established by Tokyo-based think tank “Asia Pacific Initiative (API)”, has led an investigation into the Japanese government’s response to COVID-19. A book containing the investigation’s results, “The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19: Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned”, was published in Japanese by Discover 21 on October 18, 2020 (Electronic Book) and October 23, 2020 (Paper Book). The English version of the report was published on January 8, 2021 and made available online.
Inaugural Symposium of Policy Entrepreneur’s Platform (PEP)
Asia Pacific Initiative (API) organized a symposium called “Zooming PEP 2020 – Policy Entrepreneurs’ Platform: opening the door” in Tokyo on 15th July 2020. It was held to commemorate the launch of API’s new initiative: The Policy Entrepreneur’s Platform (PEP).
The day began by a core panel discussing the concept of policy entrepreneurship and then sessions considering issues arising from the emergence of the pandemic and the impact and possible changes to Japanese society post-pandemic. Politicians, bureaucrats and representatives from the private sector, academia and NPOs/NGOs participated in the discussions which were summarized by API Chairman Funabashi in closing the proceedings. The symposium was broadcast on YouTube and was watched by about 800 viewers.
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