ACTIVITIES IN FISCAL 1999-2000
Serving as a center for global knowledge, the Research Division aims to be Japan's first private, nonprofit, fully independent think tank for policy research. The Research Division engages in international research exchange and public policy research to pluralize the policy-making process in Japan, creating ideas for a new Japanese society and world. The scope of research encompasses Japan and principal regions of the world, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. The Research Division aims to provide timely, concrete proposals on government policy based on academic empirical research.
In fiscal 1999-2000, the Division undertook 17 research projects on topics including national security, judicial reform, fiscal reform, political issues and civil society. The results of this research were proposed to the Japanese prime minister to be used in the policy-making process, released at press conferences, seminars, symposiums and lectures, published in newsletters and books, and announced through a combination of media including the Internet. In addition, the Division has initiated satellite and cable TV broadcasting on Nikkei CNBC and Diet TV as a new way to disseminate policy recommendations and research results.