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Chairman Funabashi’s new article on the war in Ukraine published in the Japan Times

The article of Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, “Ukraine war shows us the enemies of our friends are not always our enemies,” was published in the Japan Times on April 21, 2022. *The article is an English translation of the Chairman’s monthly column for the February issue of the Bungeishunju. Please click …

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Chairman Funabashi’s new article on economic sanctions published in the Japan Times

The article of Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, “Economic sanctions are a powerful tool. But will they end the war in Ukraine?,” was published in the Japan Times on April 16, 2022. *The article is an English translation of the Chairman’s monthly column for the February issue of the Bungeishunju. Please click …

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Statement on the passing of Dr. NAKAYAMA Toshihiro, Professor at Keio University

We, Asia Pacific Initiative (API), are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. NAKAYAMA Toshihiro, Professor at KEIO University. Prof. Nakayama participated in our U.S.-Japan Strategic Vision Program that published “Quiet Deterrence: Building Japan’s New National Security Strategy”. He also contributed Chapter 6 “Will America be a geopolitical risk?” in our book “Geopolitics in Contemporary …

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Chairman Funabashi’s new article on Sino-Russian alliance published in the Japan Times

The article of Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, “The Sino-Russian alliance thrives only in the company of a shared enemy,” was published in the Japan Times on April 17, 2022. *The article is an English translation of the Chairman’s monthly column for the February issue of the Bungeishunju. Please click here to …

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English version of “10-year Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Final Report by Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” now available on API’s website

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that it has made the English version of “10-year Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Final Report by Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” public on its website. Please click here to download the report.   About “10-year Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” …

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Chairman Funabashi’s new article on China published in the Japan Times

The article of Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, “Dissecting Kissinger’s approach to China,” was published in the Japan Times on March 21, 2022. *The article is an English translation of the Chairman’s monthly column for the February issue of the Bungeishunju. Please click here to read the full article

“10-year Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” receives “Excellent Publication Award” from the Social and Environment Division, Atomic Energy Society of Japan

On March 18, 2022, Asia Pacific Initiative (API) received the “18th Social and Environment Division Award – Excellent Publication Award” from the Social and Environment Division, Atomic Energy Society of Japan. The award was given for API’s significant contribution in the societal aspect of nuclear energy through the publication of “10-year Investigation Commission on the …

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Chairman Funabashi delivered a presentation on API’s recent Economic Security Survey of 100 Japanese Companies

On March 3, 2022, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative (hereinafter referred to as API), Yoichi Funabashi, gave a presentation on API’s Economic Security Survey of 100 Japanese Companies at a seminar co-organized by the Society of International Business and Legal Studies and The Japanese Association of International Business Law. During the seminar moderated by Munetaka …

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Merger of The International House of Japan and Asia Pacific Initiative

The International House of Japan, Inc. Asia Pacific Initiative The International House of Japan, Inc. Asia Pacific Initiative TOKYO, FEB. 28—The International House of Japan, Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman: KONDO Masaakira James) and Asia Pacific Initiative (Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman: FUNABASHI Yoichi) announced on Monday that the two organizations will merge, creating a leading new independent …

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API Privacy Policy Update

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that we have updated our Privacy Policy to comply with the revised Act on the Protection of Personal Information, effective April 1, 2022, by which personal data that is erased within 6 months will be newly included in the definition of “Retained Personal Data”. <Details of the …

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Chairman Funabashi’s new article on Economic Security published in the Japan Times

The article of Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, “Japan needs ‘smart’ economic security,” was published in the Japan Times on January 25, 2022. *The article is an English translation of the Chairman’s monthly column for the February issue of the Bungeishunju. Please click here to read the full article

API Publishes Economic Security Survey for 100 Japanese Companies

Photo:Getty Images Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that, as part of API’s National Economic Security Strategy project, we conducted a survey of 100 companies in Japan to gather their views on issues of economic security and how it is impacting their businesses. The main survey results are available here. For this survey, …

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Chairman Funabashi’s new article on Economic Security published in the Japan Times

The article of Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, “Japan needs to tackle economic security head-on,” was published in the Japan Times on December 23, 2021. *The article is an English translation of the Chairman’s monthly column for the January issue of the Bungeishunju. Please click here to read the full article

Chairman Funabashi featured on CSIS’s “Asia Chessboard” Podcast

Dr. FUNABASHI Yoichi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, was featured in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) “Asia Chessboard” podcast this week. The episode, titled “The Asia Shogi-board: Strategic Insights with Yoichi Funabashi”, was released on December 13th, 2021 (local time). Dr. Funabashi joined podcast host and API Distinguished Guest Scholar and CSIS …

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Chairman Funabashi featured in the 8th Nikkei FT Communicable Diseases Conference

Dr. FUNABASHI Yoichi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative (API), delivered his remarks at the 8th Nikkei FT Communicable Diseases Conference, an international conference that brings together experts and policymakers. On October 28, Dr. Funabashi delivered his remarks during a discussion session on the nation’s decision making, based on the findings from API’s recent publication, “the …

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Statement of MSF Co-Chairs General IWASAKI Shigeru and General Joseph Dunford on the passing of General Colin L. Powell

Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum (MSF) Co-Chairs, General IWASAKI Shigeru and General Joseph Dunford, issued this statement on the loss of General and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. October 20, 2021 On behalf of Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum, we express our heartfelt condolences on the loss of General Colin L. Powell. General Powell, 12th …

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API published The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19: Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned on Amazon Kindle

On October 8, 2021, the Asia Pacific Initiative (API), an independent global think tank, published The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19 (API/ICJC): Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned with Discover 21, Inc. on Amazon Kindle. In April 2020, the Japanese government issued its first state of emergency over the …

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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). API’s Policy Entrepreneur’s Platform (PEP) aims to form a community for policy entrepreneurs in Japan. “Each and every one of us will bring together his/her expertise, …

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Chairman Funabashi delivered a keynote lecture at 2021 Hiroshima Business Forum for Global Peace

Dr. FUNABASHI Yoichi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, gave a keynote lecture at the 2021 Hiroshima Business Forum for Global Peace. This online forum, organized by Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace (HOPe), was held between September 8-9, 2021. Under the theme of “how we can revitalize the world and build an even better global community …

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API Fellow MUKOYAMA Jun participated in ANU’s event “Update Japan 2021”

MUKOYAMA Jun, Fellow at API, participated in an online event organized by the Australian National University’s Australia Japan Research Centre and ANU Japan Institute as a panelist on September 8, 2021. In the panel session entitled “Science, Defence and Technology in Japan,” MUKOYAMA explained the latest development of Japan’s digital policy, especially the background and …

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API Symposium on Geoeconomics – Video and Speech Script are now available

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that recorded video of the symposium and the full script of Ambassador Blackwill’s keynote speech at the API Symposium on Geoeconomics: Geoeconomics and Japan’s Strategy, held on May 22, 2021, is now available. The video and full script are available here. (Disclaimer) The views expressed in this …

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TOGASHI Mariko selected as 2nd API Matsumoto-Samata Fellow to be dispatched to UK’s IISS

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that TOGASHI Mariko has been selected as the second API Matsumoto-Samata Fellow. Ms. Togashi will be sent to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in the UK as a Research Fellow. The API Matsumoto-Samata Fellowship is a program at API that aims to send young researchers …

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API Symposium on Geoeconomics

【Added on June 22, 2021】The full script of Ambassador Blackwill’s keynote speech is available here. The recorded video can be viewed below. Today, it has increasingly become important for us to remember a tradition that stretches back to the founding of our nations – “the systematic use of economic instruments to accomplish geopolitical objectives.” We …

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Chairman Funabashi featured in the Global Technology Governance Summit (GTGS)

Dr. FUNABASHI Yoichi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, participated in the Global Technology Governance Summit (GTGS) organized by the World Economic Forum on April 6-7, 2021. Chairman Funabashi moderated the panel session entitled “Leading Industry Transformation” on April 7, 2021, attended by Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman, Siemens AG; Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia, Office …

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API Senior Research Fellow OYA Shin featured in Atlantic Council webinar on “Enhancing US-Japan Cooperation on Global Supply Chains”

API Senior Research Fellow OYA Shin participated as a panelist in a webinar entitled “Enhancing US-Japan Cooperation on Global Supply Chains”. The webinar was organized by the Atlantic Council on March 30, 2021. It discussed how Japan and the US can deepen cooperation on global supply chains following the Biden administration’s issuance of the Executive …

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API co-hosted online event “The Fukushima Disaster 10 Years On: Lessons to Never Forget” joined by Dr. Funabashi, Professor Suzuki and Mr. Shiozaki

Asia Pacific Initiative (API), in partnership with Asia Society, held an online event on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, titled “The Fukushima Disaster 10 Years On: Lessons to Never Forget,” joined by Dr. Funabashi, Professor Suzuki and Mr. Shiozaki.     Discussion with Daniel Russel, Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society …

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Chairman Funabashi publishes Meltdown: Inside the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

On March 2, 2021, Asia Pacific Initiative chairman FUNABASHI Yoichi published Meltdown: Inside the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis with Brookings Institution Press. Providing an unrivaled chronological account of the human struggle to contain man-made technology that was overwhelmed by nature, this book aims to give insights into why Japan’s decision-making process within the first two weeks …

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What has Japan’s Governance Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and the COVID-19 pandemic?

It’s been almost ten years since the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, which was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. In 2012, the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, the predecessor of the Asia-Pacific Initiative (API), released the Report of the “Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident,” from an independent, …

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The 10-Year Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident publishes final report on lessons learned since the disaster

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) published “The 10-year Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Final Report” (Japanese) on February 19, 2021. Why did we produce this report? Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011, Rebuild Japan Initiative (later Asia Pacific Initiative) set up the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident to investigate …

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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 …

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English version of “The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19: Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned” now available on API’s website

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that it has made the English version of “The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s Response to COVID-19: Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learned” public on its website. Please click here to download the report. < About “The Independent Investigation Commission on the Japanese Government’s …

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Prof. SUZUKI Kazuto joins API as Senior Consulting Fellow

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Dr. SUZUKI Kazuto, Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, joined our institution on January 1, 2021, as Senior Consulting Fellow. < Profile of Prof. SUZUKI Kazuto> SUZUKI Kazuto is Professor of Science and Technology …

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API Privacy Policy Update

Please be aware that, in order to improve our website, Asia Pacific Initiative (API) has updated the Privacy Policy as follows: <Details of the update> “5. To analyze and track users’ use of API’s website through Google Analytics” is added in “Purpose of Using Personal Information”. <Link to the updated Privacy Policy> https://apinitiative.org/en/privacypolicy/ We are …

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API Senior Consulting Fellow OYA Shin featured in IFRI video conference on “Rethinking Economic Security in the (Post) COVID-19 World”

The French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) organized a video conference entitled “Rethinking Economic Security in the (Post) COVID-19 World” on December 8, 2020. API Senior Consulting Fellow OYA Shin participated in this seminar as a panelist. The panel was moderated by Dr. Françoise Nicolas (Director, Center for Asian Studies, IFRI) and OYA Shin was …

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MURAI Jun, Dean of API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies, Awarded C&C Prize

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Prof. MURAI Jun, Dean of API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies and API Senior Fellow, was awarded this year’s C&C Prize. The C&C Prize was conferred to Dean Murai for his Pioneering Contributions to Society in Building and Developing the Internet in Japan. For details, please refer …

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API Fellow SAGARA Yoshiyuki presented at The 21st Century Public Policy Institute, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

On November 20, 2020, Mr. SAGARA Yoshiyuki, Fellow at Asia Pacific Initiative (API), made a presentation at the Research Group on the International Order in the Post-COVID-19 Era at The 21st Century Public Policy Institute of Keidanren. He explained the Japanese Government’s response to COVID-19 and its future challenges, based on API’s research that was …

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Chairman Funabashi featured in Johns Hopkins & T-20 virtual conference on “East Asia and the Post-COVID World”

On November 11, Dr. FUNABASHI Yoichi, Chairman of Asia Pacific Initiative, was featured in a panel on “Panel III: East Asia and the Post-COVID World” as part of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Reischauer Center’s virtual conference with the T-20 Global Think Tank Summit. This conference on “COVID-19, East Asia, and the Global Response” considered …

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Research Director Hosoya presented at online event hosted by Japanese-German Center Berlin

On November 10, Research Director Hosoya joined the “After the U.S. elections: What Germany and Japan Should Do to Safeguard the International Order” online event, hosted by the Japanese-German Center Berlin, and spoke about Japan and Germany’s role in protecting the liberal international order. Research Director Hosoya delivered a message about the possibility of cooperation …

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API Senior Consulting Fellow OYA featured in Technology Alliance Project webinar

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a US think tank, organized a virtual event entitled “Virtual Report Launch: Common Code: An Alliance Framework for Democratic Technology Policy” on October 21, 2020. API Senior Consulting Fellow OYA Shin participated in this seminar as a panelist. This Technology Alliance project is a joint collaboration between …

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API and Brookings Institution co-hosted webinar “Liberal order undone? Japan’s leadership role after Prime Minister Abe”

Asia Pacific Initiative (API), in partnership with the Brookings Institution in Washington, held an online event on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, titled “Liberal order undone? Japan’s leadership role after Prime Minister Abe” Dr FUNABASHI Yoichi (Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative) and Professor HOSOYA Yuichi (Research Director, Asia Pacific Initiative/Professor, Keio University) joined the panel discussion alongside …

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API Senior Consulting Fellow OYA discussed how to strengthen the global supply chains in the post-corona period

On September 23, 2020, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a virtual event about strengthening global supply chains. From API, Mr. OYA Shin, Senior Consulting Fellow, participated in this event as a panelist. Alongside Ms. Nazak Nikakhtar (US Department of Commerce, Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis), John Murphy (US Chamber of …

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Prof. HOSOYA Yuichi appointed Managing Director and Research Director

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Dr. HOSOYA Yuichi, Professor of International Politics at Keio University and API’s Senior Consulting Fellow, has been appointed API’s Managing Director and Research Director. Prof. HOSOYA will play a central role in API’s research activities and will also be part of the management team.   Profile …

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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 …

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API announces partnership with CNAS and MERICS on Technology Alliance Project

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in the US and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Germany as part of CNAS’s Technology Alliance Project. The Technology Alliance Project aims to achieve broad coordination and collaboration among like-minded nations to protect …

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API establishes “API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies”; Prof MURAI Jun joins API as Dean of the API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies and API Senior Fellow

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce the establishment of the “API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies” on April 1, 2020, with Prof MURAI Jun, Distinguished Professor of KEIO University, joining API as Dean of the new institute and API Senior Fellow.   <API Institute of Geoeconomic Studies> In recent years, globalization has suffered major …

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Prof. HOSOYA Yuichi joins API as Senior Consulting Fellow

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Dr. HOSOYA Yuichi, professor of international politics at Keio University, joined our institution on April 1, 2020, as Senior Consulting Fellow. Prof. Hosoya will engage in research and other activities at API in support of our core missions.   <Profile of Prof. HOSOYA Yuichi> HOSOYA Yuichi …

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Chairman Funabashi publishes What Is Geoeconomics?

On February 20th, 2020, Asia Pacific Initiative chairman FUNABASHI Yoichi published What Is Geoeconomics? (Bunshun Shinsho). The book defines geoeconomics as the use of economics by states for geopolitical purposes, and identifies four types of “mega-geoeconomics” that represent long-term, structural geoeconomic challenges that exist in an age of geoeconomics which began with the US-China trade …

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“The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism: Japan and the World Order” was published by Brookings Institution Press

“The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism: Japan and the World Order” was published by Brookings Institution Press on February 4, 2020. The book has been released as part of Asia Pacific Initiative’s Liberal International Order project, which has examined how Japan may protect the liberal international order and what obstacles it may confront in such efforts. …

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Yuka Koshino selected as API’s Matsumoto-Samata Fellow and dispatched to UK’s IISS

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Yuka Koshino has been selected as API’s Matsumoto-Samata Fellow1/, and has been sent to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in the UK as a Research Fellow2/. 1/ The Matsumoto-Samata Fellowship is an API program aiming to send young researchers to foreign think tanks to …

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Dr Makio Miyagawa joins API as APIF President and API Senior Fellow

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Dr Makio Miyagawa, the former Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, joined our institution on January 1, 2020, as APIF President and API Senior Fellow. APIF stands for “Asia Pacific Initiative Forum” (See below for details).   <Profile of Dr Makio Miyagawa> Dr Miyagawa held successive positions …

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Inaugural Asia Pacific Initiative Forum (APIF) in Yokohama

Asia Pacific Initiative (API) held its inaugural Asia Pacific Initiative Forum (APIF) in Yokohama December 6-8th, 2019. 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 from Japan, India, and the ASEAN countries. We seek to become …

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AP Initiative Chairman delivers 2019 Alastair Buchan Lecture at IISS Annual Dinner

AP Initiative Chairman Yoichi Funabashi delivered the 2019 Alastair Buchan Lecture at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Annual Dinner on November 13, 2019. Dr. Funabashi’s speech, titled “We are all small countries now,” examined issues currently facing Japan on the global stage. Dr. Funabashi argued that the United States under President Donald Trump has …

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API-University of Tokyo joint Symposium on Policy –Entrepreneurship in Japan

On September 9 2019, Asia Pacific Initiative held a symposium co-hosted with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GrasPP). The symposium titled “Society Driven Public Policy : The Policy Community and Public Careers in search of Japan’s Alternative Solutions” featured discussions surrounding “policy-entrepreneurship in Japan.” The symposium welcomed leading politician Shinjiro KOIZUMI …

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AP Initiative Chairman contributes op-ed for FT on Japan-South Korea relations

AP Initiative Chairman Yoichi Funabashi contributed an op-ed for The Financial Times titled “Japan-South Korea tensions challenge postwar order,” first published online on August 29, 2019. In the piece, Dr. Funabashi discusses the recent tensions between Japan and South Korea. While arguing that Japan must treat South Korea as a partner and commit to transparently …

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