A Tokyo-based think tank sharing better ideas for Japan and the world

Greetings from Chairman Yoichi Funabashi

理事長 船橋洋一

Asia Pacific Initiative (AP Initiative) was established in July 2017. It is the organizationally restructured development of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF). We are a think tank and forum aiming to draw up a vision of constructing the liberal international order in Asia Pacific in pursuit of this region’s peace and prosperity. Our objective is to make an intellectual community in this region including Japan, to promote joint research and networks, to create platforms for proposals, spreading messages and dialogues, and to discover, educate and collaborate with next generation leaders.

We have reached the present day having founded Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) in September 2011, half a year after the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear accident, and undertook activities with the idea of “rebuilding Japan.” In February 2012, one year after the major earthquake, starting with the announcement of our investigative report (also known as the Private Investigation Commission) from an independent, private perspective about the Fukushima nuclear accident, we developed various research projects and communicated those results to society as publications. Most of the books have been translated into English and have had global reach, not just limited to Japan.

RJIF, as the central activity of Asia Pacific Initiative, will continue to pursue issues of strategy and statecraft facing Japan and take positive steps towards these ends.

Using the achievements spanning over more than five years of research and advocacy by RJIF, we will broaden our outlook further to the Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific Initiative will be an intellectual incubator for advancing into our second stage in which the liberal international order will be reinforced and promoted.

Yoichi Funabashi

July 2017

AP Initiative NEWS

AP Initiative Chairman will speak at Asahi Shimbun GLOBE’s 200th edition commemorative symposium
AP Initiative Senior Research Fellow Yoichi Kato participated in a symposium on Japan-China relations held at Fudan University in Shanghai
AP Initiative Senior Fellow Masayuki Hironaka spoke at Japan National Press Club’s press conference
AP Initiative Intern Tamaki Takao’s paper was awarded the first prize of the 9th Yasuhiro Nakasone Prize by Seiunjuku
AP Initiative Chairman spoke at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
AP Initiative Chairman participated in Eurasia Group Geopolitical Summit Japan 2017
AP Initiative Senior Research Fellow Yoichi Kato’s interview on “日本の安全保障を考える”

About AP Initiative

Asia Pacific Initiative (AP Initiative) is a non-profit independent Tokyo-based think tank aiming to draw up a vision to construct the liberal international order in Asia Pacific in pursuit of peace and prosperity in the region. It is the organizationally restructured development of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF), which was founded in September 2011. Using over five years of activities by RJIF as a base, we started on our second stage in July 2017.

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