EU-Japan relations have undergone a major uplift over the past 5 years. Bound by the Economic and Strategic Partnership Agreements, as well as the Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity, the two once-distant players have been stepping up efforts to address the many shared security concerns in...
As the international system undergoes a major overhaul, Japan is emerging as one pillar of the multilateral rules-based order. Despite being often perceived as a declining country, it remains the world's third largest economy and, as a member of the RCEP, CP-TPP and the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, plays a key role in trade liberalization and norms shaping. In recent years, Tokyo has also demonstrated a proactive diplomacy, especially in the Indo-Pacific area where it is one of the core stakeholders. In this regard, Japan has become a major partner for Europe and for France.
Through its research activities, Ifri's Center for Asian Studies aims to provide a better understanding of Japan's action in the world and to foster the dialogue and cooperation between France and Japan.
Tensions at Sea in East Asia: A Japanese View on Chinese Lawfare Practices Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 91, 21 May 2021
Tensions at sea are growing and multiplying both in the East and the South China Seas.
France’s strategic engagement in the Indo-Pacific makes a difference: Here is why Canon Institute for Global Studies, April 2021
Let’s face it: while there are growing expectations for a French and European enhanced engagement in the Indo-Pacific, when Europeans step up their commitment, or express their willingness to do so, they are often met with disdain, on the ground that they would not make a big difference in...
The EU-Japan partnership in the Indo-Pacific: opportunities and challenges Analysis of Elcano Royal Institute, March 2021
This paper analyses the common and divergent interests of Japan and the EU in the Indo-Pacific and identifies the most promising areas for cooperation.
Why Should NATO Care About China? A Japanese Perspective Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 89, 12 March 2021
When we look back and think about some of the decisive moments in the West’s attitude towards China, it is rather symbolic that all goes back to Tiananmen Square, 1989.
Japan’s Cybersecurity Strategy: From the Olympics to the Indo-Pacific Asie.Visions, No. 119, February 2021
In September 2020, the Ifri Center for Asian Studies held an online event on Japan’s cybersecurity strategy.
Japan’s Economic Diplomacy in Africa: Between Strategic Priorities and Local Realities Notes de l'Ifri, December 2020
During his term in office (2012-2020), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to demonstrate Japan's high level of interest in Africa, including by pledging a total of $ 60 billion in financial support at the 2013 and 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) summits and...
The COVID-19 crisis has made clear the importance of resilient supply chains and effective economic security.
Should We Forget about the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor? Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 87, October 19, 2020
The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), an Indian-Japanese collaborative vision regarding development, connectivity and cooperation between Asia and Africa, was announced in 2017.
The COVID-19 pandemics has highlighted the significance, as well as the deep crisis of the health governance system.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of accelerating the digital transformation of both the industry and the society.
The US allies greeted the election of Joe Biden with relief, but also with expectations.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the risks of an excessive dependence on one single economic partner.
Against an increasingly tense backdrop of geopolitical competition, a new wave of rapid technological change is likely to transform the regional landscape of East Asia.
Conversation on Technological Change and its Implications, with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan Videoconference
To conclude our webinar series on "Technological Revolution and Regional Order in East Asia", we will host Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, to discuss the scope of...
A videoconference around Tomohiko Taniguchi, Former Special Adviser to the Cabinet of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Abe’s primary foreign policy speechwriter.
Hosting mega sports events like the Olympics raises a variety of challenges.
In December 2018, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) were formally adopted, entering into force in February 2019 and opening an era of unprecedented cooperation between the two players.
The deepening strategic rivalry between the United States and China has repositioned geopolitics at the center of the international system today.
The Think Thank 7 (T7) is an engagement group that brings together the leading Think Tanks from the G7 countries in order to analyze and make recommendations on key issues of the G7 presidency.
Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project. For the first time in 15 years, Japan’s foreign minister last month paid a visit to the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka, shepherding a dozens-strong delegation...
Abe dissolves Japan Parliament ahead of snap elections quoted by Emily Tamkin in Foreign Policy, 28 September 2017
On Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved Japan’s parliament, the starting pistol for the snap elections he called a year early to get over a “national crisis.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the first foreign leader to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump after his election. On Friday, Feb. 10, he will meet with President Trump, before spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Despite the political tensions that oppose Japan, China and South Korea, recent months have seen a certain rapprochement between Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. The first trilateral summit in three years was held in November 2015.