About Us


Objectives

In today’s world, people’s attention is focused not only around the ways and means to cope with the globalization, but also the rise of new states including People’s Republic of China and the geopolitical evolution both inside and outside the former Soviet Union. Under these circumstances, in addition to traditional dialogue partners in Asia-Pacific region, it has become increasingly important for Japan to establish new channels of dialogue both in the first and the second tracks with countries which she has yet to hold regular meetings with, such as member countries of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (Russia, Turkey, Balarus, etc.). On the basis of such understanding, The Global Forum of Japan (GFJ) aims to promote the exchange of views on commonly shared interests and issues in the field ranging from politics and security to economy, trade, finance, society and culture, and to help business leaders, Diet members and opinion leaders both in Japan and in their counterpart countries to discuss about the formulation of new orders in global and regional arenas.


History

The 1982 Versailles Summit was widely seen as having exposed rifts within the Western alliance. Accordingly, there were expressed concerns that the summit meetings were becoming more and more stylized rituals and that Western solidarity was at risk. Within this context, it was realized that to revitalize the summit meetings there must be free and unfettered exchanges of private-sector views to be transmitted directly to the heads of the participating states. Accordingly, Japanese former Foreign Minister OKITA Saburo, U.S. Trade Representative William BROCK, E.C. Commission Vice President Etienne DAVINGNON, and Canadian Trade Minister Edward LUMLEY, as representatives of the private-sector in their respective countries, took the initiative in founding The Quadrangular Forum in Washington in September 1982. Since then, the end of the Cold War and the altered nature of the economic summits themselves had made it necessary for The Quadrangular Forum to metamorphose into The Global Forum established by the American and Japanese components of The Quadrangular Forum at the World Convention in Washington in October 1991. In line with its objectives as stated above, The Global Forum was intended as a facilitator of global consensus on the many post-Cold War issues facing the international community and reached out to open its discussions not only to participants from the quadrangular countries but also to participants from other parts of the world. Over the years, the gravity of The Global Forum's activities gradually shifted from its American component (housed in The Center for Strategic and International Studies) to its Japanese component (housed in The Japan Forum on International Relations), and, after the American component ceased to be operative, the Board of Trustees of the Japanese component resolved, on February 7, 1996, that it would thereafter act as an independent body for organizing bilateral dialogues with Japan as a hub for all countries in the world, and amended its by-laws accordingly. At the same time, The Global Forum's Japanese component was reorganized into The Global Forum of Japan (GFJ) in line with the principle that the organization be self-governing, self-financing, and independent of any other organization.

The Global Forum Washington Convention
The Global Forum Washington Convention
October 17-19, 1991
The Japan-Black Sea Area Dialogue
The Japan-Black Sea Area Dialogue
February 20-21, 2013


Organization

The Global Forum of Japan (GFJ) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, and independent membership organization in Japan to engage in and promote international exchanges on policy-oriented matters of bilateral, regional and global implications. While the secretariat is housed in The Japan Forum on International Relations, GFJ itself is independent of any other organizations, including The Japan Forum on International Relations. Originally established as the Japanese component of The Quadrangular Forum at the initiative of HATTORI Ichiro, OKITA Saburo, TAKEYAMA Yasuo, TOYODA Shoichiro in 1982, GFJ is currently headed by OKAWARA Yoshio as Advisor, ITO kenichi as Chairman, HASHIMOTO Hiroshi as President and WATANABE Mayu as Vice President. The membership is composed of 10 Business Members including the three Governors, MOGI Yuzaburo, TOYODA Shoichiro and ISHIKAWA Hiroshi; 18 Political Members including the four Governors, ASAO Keiichiro, KAKIZAWA Mito, KOIKE Yuriko, and TANIGAKI Sadakazu; and 65 Academic Members including the three Governors, ITO Go, KAMIYA Matake and MUTSUSHIKA Shigeo.


Activities

Since the start of The Global Forum of Japan (GFJ) in 1982, GFJ has shifted its focus from the exchanges with the Quadrangular countries for the purpose of contributing to the Western Summit, to those with neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific region including US, China, Korea, ASEAN countries, India and Australia European countries, Wider Black Sea Area , for the purposes of deepening mutual understanding and contributing to the formation of international order. GFJ has been active in collaboration with international exchange organizations in those countries in organizing policy-oriented intellectual exchanges called “Dialogue.” In order to secure a substantial number of Japanese participants in the “Dialogue”, GFJ in principle holds these “Dialogues” in Tokyo. A listing of topics of "Dialogues" and its overseas co-sponsors in past years given below.


Year Month Topic Co-sponsors
2017 August“Central Asia + Japan” Dialogue the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
JuneThe Japan-ASEAN Dialogue The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University (VNU-USSH)
The Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR)
MarchThe Japan-U.S. Dialogue Institute for National Strategic Studies
National Defense University (INSS)
The Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR)
FebruaryThe Japan-China Dialogue Shanghai International Studies University
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Fudan University
The Council on East Asian Community(CEAC)
2016 December International Symposium “After the July 12 PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration) Verdict: The Future of Maritime Asia” Meiji Institute of International Policy Studies (MIIPS)
Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA)
November The Dialogue with the World The Institute of World Policy (IWP)
The Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center (BSC)
September Japan-China-ROK Dialogue The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS)
July Japan-Asia Pacific Dialogue Meiji Institute for Global Affairs (MIGA) / Meiji Institute of International Policy Studies (MIIPS)
Western Sydney University
March The Japan-U.S. Dialogue Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (INSS)
The Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR)
2015 December Japan-East Asia Dialogue East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore(EAI)
International Relations Department, University of Indonesia
September The Japan-China Dialogue China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
July The Second Japan-GUAM Dialogue GUAM-Organization for Democracy and Economic Developmen
March Central Asia + Japan Symposium the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
the Graduate Program on Human Security
The University of Tokyo, The Japan Times
March The Japan-U.S. Dialogue “Alliance in a New Defense Guideline Era” Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University(INSS)
February Japan-East Asia Dialogue “What Should We Do toward Reliable International Relations in Asia?” School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University
the Albert Del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies(ADR-ISIS)
The Japan Forum on International Relations
2014 December Japan-Asia Pacific Dialogue "The Asia-Pacific in Global Power Transition: How Many Great Powers?" Meiji University, University of Western Sydney and The Japan Forum on International Relations
May The Japan-China Dialogue “Prospect of Japan‐China Relationship in the Changing World” Institute of Japanese Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
March The Japan-U.S. Dialogue “The Japan-U.S. Alliance in Changing International and Domestic Environments” Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (INSS)
January The Japan-China Dialogue "Toward Building Confidence Between Japan and China in 'New Domains'" The Japan Forum on International Relations
2013 October The Dialogue with the World "Toward the Making of Shared Values in Foreign Policy" Washington College International Studies Program
May The Japan-GUAM Dialogue
"Future Prospect of the Japan-GUAM Partnership for Democracy and Economic Development"
GUAM-Organization for Democracy and Economic Development
February The Japan-Black Sea Area Dialogue
"How to Develop Japan and Black Sea Area Cooperation"
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
January The Japan-China Dialogue
"Toward a Future-Oriented Japan-China Relationship"
School of Environment, World Resources Institute, College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University
2012 September Japan-U.S. Dialogue
"Japan-U.S. Alliance at a New Stage: Toward a Provider of International Public Goods"
Institute of National Strategic Studies (INSS)
March The Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"The Future of ASEAN Integration and Japan's Role"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies
March The Dialogue with the World
"The Rise of Emerging Countries and the Future of Global Governance"
Fudan University,
Nanyang Technological University
February The Japan-U.S.-China Dialogue
"The Asia-Pacific Region in Transition and the Japan-U.S.-China Relations"
the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
China Association of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Science
2011 October The Japan-China Dialogue
"The Japan-China Relations at Crossroads"
China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
July Emergency Dialogue
"The Great East Japan Earthquake and Regional Cooperation on Disaster Management"
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
February The Japan-East Asia Dialogue
"East Asia in Transition and New Perspectives on Regional Cooperation"
The International Studies Department, Vietnam National University
February The Japan-U.S. Dialogue
"The Japan-U.S. Relations in the Era of Smart Power"
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
2010 September The Japan-India Dialogue
"East Asian Regional Architectures and Japan-India Relations"
The Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry(FICCI)
May Japan-U.S. Dialogue
"Promoting Japan-U.S. Cooperation in Non-Traditional Security: the Case of Counter Piracy"
National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
February The Japan-China Dialogue Convened to Discuss
"Promoting Japan-China Cooperation on Environmental Issues of the 21st Century: In Pursuit of Recycling Society"
School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China
January The Third Japan-BLACK SEA Area Dialogue
"Prospects of Changing Black Sea Area and Role of Japan"
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
2009 September The 8th Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"Japan-ASEAN Cooperation amid the Financial and Economic Crisis"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
June The Japan-China Dialogue
"Prospect of Japan-China Relationship in the Changing World"
China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
April The Second Japan-US Dialogue
"US-Japan Relations Under the New Obama Administration"
National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP)
2008 September The Seventh Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"Prospect of Japan-ASEAN Partnership after the Second Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
July The Japan-China Dialogue
"Japan-China Relations, Making a New Stage"
The China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
June Japan-East Asia Dialogue
"Cooperation in Environment and Energy"
The Council on East Asian Community (CEAC),
The East Asian Institute of National University of Singapore(EAI)
January The Second Japan-US-Asia Dialogue
"An East Asian Community and the US"
The Council on East Asian Community (CEAC),
The Pacific Forum CSIS
2007 November The Second Japan-Black Sea Area Dialogue
"Japan and Black Sea Area in the Rapidly Changing"
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC),
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Japan,
University of Shizuoka
July The Sixth Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"Challenges Facing Japan and ASEAN in the New Era"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS),
The Japan Forum on International Relations(JFIR)
June Japan-US Dialogue
"US-Japan Alliance in the 21st Century"
National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP)
The Japan Forum on International Relations(JFIR)
January The Japan-China Dialogue
"The Japan-China Relationship and Energy and Environmental Issues"
The China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR),
The Energy Research Institute, and the National Development and Reform Commission (ERI),
The Japan Forum on International Relations(JFIR)
2006 September The Fifth Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"Prospect for Japan-ASEAN Strategic Partnership after the First East Asia Summit"
The Japan Forum on International Relations(JFIR)
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
June The Japan-US-Asia Dialogue
"An East Asian Community and the United States"
The Pacific Forum CSIS
February The 4th Japan-Taiwan Dialogue
"Review and Perspective of the Japan-Taiwan Relationship"
The Taiwan International Studies Association (TISA)
2005 November The Japan-wider Black Sea Area Dialogue
"Peace and Prosperity of the Wider Black Sea Area and Japan's Role"
University of Shizuoka,
The Black Sea University Foundation,
The International Center for Black Sea Studies
June The 4th Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"The Prospect for East Asian Community and Regional Cooperation"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
April Japan-Korea Dialogue
"Future Prospect of East Asian Community and Japan-Korea Relationship"
The Council on East Asian Community (CEAC)
Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative (PCNEACI)
2004 November The Japan-U.S. Korea Dialogue
"Future of Korean Peninsula and Japan-U.S.-Korea Security Cooperation"
The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (US),
Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies (Korea)
September The Fourth Japan-China Dialogue
"Future Prospect of East Asian Community and Japan-China Relationship"
China Association for International Friendly Contact (China)
July The Third Japan-ASEAN Dialogue
"A Roadmap towards East Asian Community"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
2003 October The 3rd Japan-Taiwan Dialogue
"New Situation in Asia-Pacific region and Japan-Taiwan Cooperation"
Foundation on International & Cross-Strait Studies
April The Fourth Japan-U.S. Dialogue
"Entrepreneurship in Asia"
The Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs (US)
January The 2nd Japan - ASEAN Dialogue
"Cooperation for Peace and Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Region"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
2002 November The Second Japan-Korea Dialogue
"Japan and Korea: Working Together for The Future of Asia"
The Seoul Forum on International Affairs (Korea)
September The First Japan-Australia Dialogue
"Japan and Australia: Perspectives on Cooperation in Asia and Pacific"
Australian Consortium (Australia)
May The Third Japan-China Dialogue
"Japan-China Relationship in the World"
China Association for International Friendly Contact (China)
February Japan - ASEAN Dialogue
"Japan and ASEAN: Cooperation for Peace and Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Region"
ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS)
2001 July The Second Japan-Taiwan Dialogue
"The Role of Japan and Taiwan in the Asia-Pacific Region in the 21st Century"
Chinese Eurasian Education Foundation (Taiwan)
May The Third Japan-U.S. Dialogue
"U.S.-Japan Security Relations under the New U.S. Administration"
The Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs (US)
2000 December The First Japan-Korea Dialogue
"Japan and Korea: Building Foundations for a New Partnership"
The Seoul Forum on International Affairs (Korea)
July The Second Japan-China Dialogue
"Asia in the New Century and Japan-China Relations"
China Association for International Friendly Contact (China)
May The Seventh Japan-Europe Dialogue
"EU’s Options and Its Implications for Japan"
The Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK)
1999 November Japan-Taiwan Dialogue
"The Role of Taiwan in the 21st Century"
Chinese Eurasian Education Foundation (Taiwan)
July The Japan-Europe Dialogue
"Impact of NATO-EU Enlargement on entral-Eastern Europe"
National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania)
May The Japan-US Dialogue
"Rule of Law and Its Acceptance in Asia"
The Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs (US)
1998 November "Emerging Global Order in the 21st Century: Political and Economic" Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy of Georgia Institute of Technology (US)
September The Third Japan-China Dialogue
"Japan and China for Asian Stability"
China Association for International Friendly Contact (China)
May The Japan-Europe Dialogue
"Future of Europe: Its Implications for Asia, Particularly Japan"
Centre for European Policy Studies (Belgium)
1997 November Asia Pacific Agenda in the Changing World: Trade and Security The Asia Foundation (US)
September The Japan-US Dialogue
"Perspectives on the China-Taiwan-Hong Kong Triangle Relationship"
The Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs (US)
May The Japan-Europe Dialogue
"State and Nation in the Changing World
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Germany)
1996 November The Changing Balance of Power in Asia Chicago Council on Foreign Relations (US)
October The Japan-India Dialogue
"The Perspective of Japan-India Cooperation in the 21st Century
The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (India)
May The Japan-Europe Dialogue
"Europe and Japan Facing the Challenges of Global Issues
Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' (Netherlands)