With the resignation of Prime Minister Abe, the future of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy has been called into question. Abe was indeed one of the key architects of this vision<...>
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.
Japan’s Space Program: Shifting Away from “Non-Offensive” Purposes? Asie.Visions, No. 115, July 2020
Japan’s space program has evolved greatly since the end of the Cold War, driven by a rapidly changing geopolitical environment and tailored by the emergence of an “intra-alliance hedging strategy”.
This essay offers a general assessment of Japan’s performance in the 2019 G20 and G7 Summits, held respectively in Osaka, Japan and Biarritz, France and looks at how Tokyo coordinated with its European partners (The European Union (EU) institutions and the EU Member States) in these...
In February 2020, the Ifri Center for Asian Studies and the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) held a conference on the Asian security environment.
Japan’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Shaping a Hybrid Regional Order War on the Rocks, Commentary, 18 December 2019
What does Japan want in the Indo-Pacific? It can be tough to tell, because at the moment, Tokyo seems to be pursuing incompatible aims.
South East Asia is an area of utmost importance for Japan’s economic, political and security interests, amounting to “a core strategic interest” for Tokyo.
Macron in Japan: Upgrading the Franco-Japanese Strategic Partnership in the Indo-Pacific The Diplomat, June 26, 2019
On June 26, French President Emmanuel Macron will make his first, what is deemed to be a long overdue visit to Japan, a year after his previous travels to Asia led him to China (January 2018), India (March 2018), and Australia (May 2018).
Japan’s policies in post-Soviet Central Asia, similarly to its actions in other Asian subregions, have often been interpreted recently as reactions to China’s advances – in particular, the Belt and Road Initiative. This first impression can be misleading.
France and Japan: The Indo-Pacific as a Springboard for a Strategic Partnership Natural partners? Europe, Japan and security in the Indo-Pacific, Elcano Policy Paper, November 2018
For decades, the Franco-Japanese partnership has essentially been characterised by a vibrant cultural exchange as well as by sound economic relations. Today Japan is France’s second-largest trading partner in Asia (after China) and its leading Asian investor.
If some African countries are on their way to achieving dynamic economic growth, many are also still struggling with a lack of economic and social infrastructure, latent governance issues and often complex and risky security environments.
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.
This year Japan hosts the G20 Summit that will take place in Osaka on June 28-29 and France chairs the G7 Summit, to be held in Biarritz end of August.These two meetings will be of crucial importance, as multilateralism is undermined by unilateral and protectionist practices and new...
The 160th Anniversary of the France-Japan Diplomatic Relations: A New Strategic Partnership International Conference
The year 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese diplomatic relations. This is the occasion to reflect upon the achievement of the partnership so far, but also to look ahead and discuss how the bilateral relationship can grow even closer in the future.
The Indo-Pacific has become a buzzword since 2017, as it came to be used by all major players in the region stretching from East Africa to the Pacific.
Assessing the state of democracy in Asia is a challenge. While some countries, such as Japan and India, have been showing the way from early days, some others, such as in Southeast Asia are still struggling to ensure stable and sustainable democratic institutions and practices.
As the regional balance of power in Asia continues to evolve and tensions in a number of hot spots - from the Korean Peninsula to the East and South China Seas and the Taiwan Strait - either simmer or intensify, the future of regional stability is increasingly uncertain. Within this context,...
Japan’s Approach to Developing Countries – as a Proactive Contributor to Peace. Breakfast debate with Shinichi Kitaoka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Debate chaired by Thierry de Montbrial, Executive Chairman of Ifri.
By invitation only.
This event is aimed at Corporate Members of Ifri.
Working language: English.
Los actos que esta semana organiza China para conmemorar el 70 aniversario de su victoria ante Japón, coronados por un desfile militar en la plaza de Tiananmen, plantean un nuevo desafío a los lazos entre Pekín y Tokio, ya dañados en los últimos años por desavenencias históricas y...
Cet été marque le 70ème anniversaire de la fin de la deuxième guerre mondiale avec le largage des bombes atomiques sur Hiroshima et Nagasaki en Août 1945. Alors que les relations entre la Chine et la Corée du Sud sont au beau fixe, Pékin et Séoul entretiennent des rapports...
Disputed rocks and Beijing’s bad behavior in the South China Sea dominate the headlines these days. But there’s another showdown over disputed islands in the Pacific that is increasingly casting a shadow over Asia-Pacific security: a bitter fight between Japan and Russia over the Kurils...
(Dis)integrating Asia? - Interview with Yukiko Fukagawa Interviews with speakers at the annual Conference of the Center for Asian Studies, March 19, 2015
Yukiko Fukagawa, Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Waseda University, explained Japan's role in the regional integration process.
Intervention de Céline Pajon sur la politique de défense japonaise à l'émission CulturesMonde sur France Culture....
Le renforcement de l'alliance stratégique entre les États-Unis et le Japon, face à l'émergence économique de la Chine, a été décrypté par Claude Meyer, conseiller centre Asie de l’Ifri, enseignant à Sciences Po, auteur de "La Chine, banquier du monde" (Éd. Fayard), et "Chine ou Japon quel...
Lancées début 2013 pour tirer l’Archipel de la déflation, les « Abenomics » sont d’ambitieux programme de relance du premier ministre, Shinzo Abe....
Une histoire commune douloureuse, des îles disputées, les relations entre la Chine et le Japon sont pour le moins compliquées. Les tensions entre les deux géants sont toujours intenses, et la montée du nationalisme, dans les deux pays, joue un rôle important....
Du 29 avril au 7 mai, Shinzo Abe, le chef du gouvernement conservateur japonais, effectue un tour d'Europe de neuf jours, se rendant successivement en Allemagne, en Angleterre, au Portugal, en Espagne, en France, et en Belgique....