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Japan's Energy Policy in a Post-3/11 World: Juggling Safety, Sustainability and Economics


Asie.Visions 72, September 2014

Summary The March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station turned Japan’s energy policy on its head, shedding a harsh new light on Japan’s energy policy and power supply system, and throwing into relief six major...


Soft power chinois en Afrique : Renforcer les intérêts de la Chine au nom de l'amitié sino-africaine


Asie.Visions 71, September 2014

Résumé Bien que l’intérêt de la Chine pour l’Afrique ne soit pas récent, la présence chinoise sur le continent africain s’est considérablement renforcée depuis les...


Nationalismes en Chine et au Japon et implications pour les relations bilatérales

Céline PAJON, Alice EKMAN

Asie.Visions 70, July 2014

Le facteur nationaliste apparaît comme une composante importante des frictions grandissantes opposant la Chine et le Japon. Au Japon, l’accession de Shinzo Abe pour la seconde fois au poste de Premier ministre, et...


The Distinctive Features of China's Middle Classes


Asie.Visions n°69, June 2014

This study seeks to lay the foundations for a better understanding of the Chinese middle classes. It goes beyond the traditional classification by revenue and identifies the distinctive features of China’s middle classes by taking into...


La nouvelle diplomatie économique asiatique : Chine, Japon, Corée comme exportateurs d'infrastructures

Céline PAJON, Françoise NICOLAS, John SEAMAN

Asie.Visions 68, May 2014

Dans le secteur des infrastructures énergétiques, et notamment dans l’industrie du nucléaire civil, l’émergence, sur la scène internationale, de nouveaux acteurs toujours plus ambitieux conduit...


Chine/ASEAN : Une diplomatie tous azimuts rondement menée


Asie.Visions 67, February 2014

Fondée sur une enquête de terrain auprès d’observateurs et responsables de l’ASEAN, cette étude met en évidence le changement fondamental intervenu ces dix dernières années dans les...


Urbanization and Mobility in China

Jiawen YANG

Asie.Visions 66 - December 2013

   Chinese cities are getting bigger and are also growing into each other. To ensure that the rapidly increasing number of urban residents have access to adequate transportation not only requires increased investment in transportation,...


Le secteur agricole en Inde : quelles mutations?


Asie.Visions 65, juin 2013

Le secteur agricole en Inde est à la fois en profonde mutation et sujet à de sérieuses fragilités. De fait, alors qu’il emploie aujourd’hui encore la moitié de la population active indienne, son taux de...


China's Growing Natural Gas Insecurity and the Potential of Chinese Shale Gas


Asie.Visions 64, April 2013

China is poised for a dramatic increase in its demand for natural gas. As total energy demand has risen to record levels in the last five years, China has found itself in an increasingly difficult bind: the social and environmental burden from coal...


ASEAN-India Political Cooperation: How to reinforce a much-needed pillar?


Asie.Visions 63, March 2013

India is one of Southeast Asia’s principal neighbors and there is certainly great potential for cooperation with the region and its institutional representation, ASEAN. But does India properly exploit this opportunity? Is Southeast Asia...


China's Fortress Fleet-in-Being and its Implications for Japan's Security


Asie.Visions 62, February 2013

This paper analyzes the rise of maritime China and its implications for Japan’s security policy. In recent years, Chinese naval capabilities have been growing. Beijing aims to expand its maritime presence in the region, but also to limit the...


Security Partnerships in Japan's Asia Strategy - Creating Order, Building Capacity and Sharing Burden


Asie.Visions 61, February 2013

During the last decade, Japan has sought partnership with many Asian nations – the drive remaining strong regardless of ruling parties. Newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan is to continue this trend...


Japan and the South China Sea: Forging Strategic Partnerships in a Divided Region

Céline PAJON

Asie.Visions 60, January 2013

In the midst of growing tensions with China, Japan is deepening its strategic engagement in Southeast Asia. Preserving stability in the South China Sea, which is threatened by renewed frictions around contested territories, is a vital interest...


Ballistic Missile Defense in Japan: Deterrence and Military Transformation


Asie.Visions No. 59/Proliferation Papers No. 44, December 2012

In December 2003, Japan decided to be the second country in the Asia-Pacific to deploy a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. Started in the 1980s as a defense industry cooperation initiative, BMD efforts have been highly prioritized since the...


China's Two-Track Foreign Policy - From Ambiguous to Clear-Cut Positions


Asie.Visions 58, December 2012

This analysis examines the current ambiguities, priorities and approaches of Chinese foreign policy from a practitioner’s perspective, taking into account experiences of Beijing-based diplomats (interviews conducted in 2011 and 2012), in...


Negotiating for a Malaysia-EU FTA: Contesting Interests from Malaysia's Perspective

THAM Siew Yean

Asie.Visions 57, November 2012

Malaysia has shifted its focus from multilateral and regional to bilateral trade agreements due to the current doldrums in the Doha Round and the bandwagon effect from similar shifts in other countries. Despite the importance of trade to the...


Challenges and Opportunities of a EU-Taiwan ECA: A Review of Political-Economic Perspectives


Asie.Visions 56, November 2012

Concerns over becoming marginalized in the course of East Asian economic integration are driving a proactive regional trade agreement (RTA) strategy on the part of Taiwan. Three factors explain this concern: Competing visions of economic integration...


A EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement - Toward More Solid Economic Relations

Hiromasa KUBO

Asie.Visions 55, November 2012

Until the 1990s, economic ties between the European Union and Japan were marked largely by an atmosphere of trade tension. The main reason was the persistent trade surplus that Japan maintained. Over time, however, the improvement of the bilateral...


Globalization of Japanese firms - Long-run trends, cross-sectional variations, and policy implications


Asie.Visions 54, October 2012

Japanese firms are increasingly involved in various global business operations – not only in traditional international trade in goods, but also in offshore production and the new mode of globalization: offshore outsourcing.While it had been...


Pour une relecture du " grand jeu " entre l'Inde et la Chine en Birmanie


Asie.Visions 53, Spetember 2012

Renouvelée par un coup d’état militaire en septembre 1988, la junte birmane est promptement ostracisée par la communauté internationale au cours des années 1990. Seule la Chine maintient ses liens avec la...


The Ongoing Economic Crisis-Series 5. What Precipitated the Economic Bubble in Europe, and How Did It Collapse?


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°11 - July 2012

This series of policy papers, published by Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies, provides a Japanese perspective on the causes, the mechanisms and the consequences of the global economic crisis, as well as the measures implemented by the...


The Ongoing Economic Crisis- 3&4: The US authorities and the financial crisis / Fiscal austerity as a mistake


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°9&10 - June 2012

This series of policy papers, published by Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies, provides a Japanese perspective on the causes, the mechanisms and the consequences of the global economic crisis, as well as the measures implemented by the...


The Ongoing Economic Crisis- 1&2: Comments on the EU Strategy/The Causes of the Crisis


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°7&8 - May 2012

This series of policy papers, published by Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies, provides a Japanese perspective on the causes, the mechanisms and the consequences of the global economic crisis, as well as the measures implemented by the...


New Economic Development Opportunities for Taiwan in the Post-ECFA Era

Da-Nien LIU, Hui-Tzu SHIH

Asie.Visions 51, April 2012

The main aim of this paper is to analyze the new opportunities for Taiwan’s ongoing economic development in the era following the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China. The paper begins with an...


China and Cleaner Coal: A marriage of necessity destined for failure?


Asie.Visions 52, April 2012

For China, coal is a crucial source of abundant, indigenous and affordable energy and is a pillar of economic and social stability. From a logic of energy security, and because the industry itself maintains a formidable political presence through...


The Fukushima Nuclear Accident and a Long-Term Energy Vision for Japan


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°6 - April 2012

Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies are launching a series of policy papers presenting the analyses of senior Japanese researchers on how the triple disasters that hit the archipelago last March have impacted Japan's economic,...


The Economic Opportunities and Constraints of Green Growth - The Case of South Korea

Jae-Seung LEE, Jung-Min YU

Asie.Visions 50, February 2012

The Green Growth Policy in South Korea has symbolized a paradigm shift to cope with climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and global economic recession. The emerging paradigm stands to create new engines for economic growth through green...


The Expanding Chinese Footprint in Latin America - New Challenges for China, and Dilemmas for the US


Asie.Visions 49, February 2012

The physical presence of China in Latin America is entering a phase of significant expansion, as the logical consequence of the rapid growth over the past decade of its trade, investment, and infrastructure for doing business in the region. The...


Doors Wide Shut? An Update on FDI Regulations in China

Françoise NICOLAS

Asie Visions 48, January 2012

The fears of a rise in economic nationalism in China have been fuelled by a number of recent moves, such as changes in the law on indigenous innovation or the enactment of a national security review (NSR) regulation for M&As by foreign...


Internet Companies in China: Dancing between the Party Line and the Bottom Line


Asie Visions 47, January 2012

With over 500 million Internet users and 900 million mobile-phone subscribers by mid 2011, the Chinese Internet is an enormous market that has produced the spectacular rise of many Chinese Internet companies and attracted substantial foreign...


From 'Looking' to Engaging - India and East Asia


Asie.Visions 46, December 2011

The Look East policy (LEP), launched in the early 1990s, was intended to engage India more closely with the East Asian region, but it met with only limited success initially, for India was not seen to be a major contributor either to regional...


Innovation Policy Challenges for Japan: An open and global strategy


Asie Visions 45, November 2011

Productivity is increasingly important in the Japanese economy as an aging and shrinking population is expected to constrain labor input. Thus, the creation of innovation is critical for realizing economic growth and maintaining Japan's...


The Great East Japan Earthquake and Sino-Japanese Reconciliation

Yoshiki MINE

Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°5, October 2011

Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies are launching a series of policy papers presenting the analyses of senior Japanese researchers on how the triple disasters that hit the archipelago last March have impacted Japan's economic,...


Japon / Inde : Vers une coopération nucléaire?

Céline PAJON

Asie.Visions 44, October 2011

Les relations entre l'Inde et le Japon se sont fortement développées depuis une dizaine d'années. Si Tokyo et Delhi ne connaissent pas de différends particuliers, leur rapprochement n'est pas exempt de défis,...


Japan: How Should Funds Be Raised for Rebuilding After the Disaster?


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°4, September 2011

Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies are launching a series of policy papers presenting the analyses of senior Japanese researchers on how the triple disasters that hit the archipelago last March have impacted Japan's economic,...


East Asian Regional Economic Integration: A Post-Crisis Update

Françoise NICOLAS

Asie.Visions 43, September 2011

To the surprise of many analysts, the outbreak of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008 did not leave East Asian economies unscathed. The objective of the paper is to examine the implications of the GFC for the regional economic integration...


Dreams and Nightmares - Australia's Past, Present and Future in Asia


Asie.Visions 42, August 2011

This paper argues that Australian governments of both political stripes have responded pragmatically and effectively to the rise of China, the relative decline of the United States and the increased assertiveness of the Association of Southeast ...


Special Farming Zones and Land-Use Planning for Reviving the Agricultural Industry


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°3, August 2011

Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies are launching a series of policy papers presenting the analyses of senior Japanese researchers on how the triple disasters that hit the archipelago last March have impacted Japan's economic,...


Restoring Health Care and Welfare Services after the Great East Japan Earthquake


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°2, July 2011

Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies are launching a series of policy papers presenting the analyses of senior Japanese researchers on how the triple disasters that hit the archipelago last March have impacted Japan's economic,...


Toward Higher Household Consumption? An Up-to-Date Analysis of China's Economic Transition


Asie.Visions 41, July 2011

For more than two decades, China's economy has been growing at an average rate of close to 10 percent. As a result of this stellar performance, China ascended to the rank of the world's second largest economy in 2010, surpassing Japan.Despite these...


The Evolving Role of Southeast Asia in Global FDI Flows

Stephen THOMSEN, Misuzu OTSUKA and Boram LEE

Asie.Visions 40, July 2011

This paper traces the evolution of FDI in ASEAN and discusses future prospects for the region as a host - and increasingly home - to FDI. Southeast Asia has long been a focal point for FDI by OECD-based firms. In the 1990s Southeast Asia was...


Thaïlande : le tourment démocratique


Asie.Visions 39, June 2011

La Thaïlande a connu des troubles politiques importants au printemps de l'année 2010. Un tel déchaînement de violences s'explique par le délitement du système politique au cours des dernières...


Economic Policies Following the Great East Japan Earthquake


Canon-Ifri Paper Series n°1, June 2011

Ifri and the Canon Institute for Global Studies are launching a series of policy papers presenting the analyses of senior Japanese researchers on how the triple disasters that hit the archipelago last March have impacted Japan's economic,...


No Longer the ‘Reactive State': Japan's Pro-Active Free Trade Posture

Aurelia George MULGAN

Asie.Visions 38, May 2011

In late 2010, the Kan government proclaimed a very ambitious trade agenda, leaving no doubt as to its commitment to free trade. The Basic Policy on Comprehensive Economic Partnerships aimed to promote "high-level economic partnerships with major...


La coopération militaro-industrielle au coeur de la relation indo-russe

Gilles Boquérat

Asie.Visions 37, April 2011

Le renforcement des capacités militaires de l'Inde, qui passe par une nette augmentation du budget consacré à l'acquisition d'armement à l'étranger, suscite bien des convoitises. Cet intérêt est encore...


La posture stratégique indienne face au défi pakistanais


Focus stratégique, no.28, february 2011

In 1998, Pakistan conducted its first nuclear tests, transforming the regional strategic balance. India's previous posture, based on the Sundarji doctrine, was found to be inadequate in this new context. To break this strategic deadlock, India...


L'Indonésie face à la montée en puissance économique de la Chine


Asie Visions 36, December 2010

L'Indonésie est l'un des rares pays qui, doté de ressources naturelles, a réussi à diversifier son économie en s'engageant dans une stratégie de promotion des exportations manufacturières....


Evolution of the Australia-Japan Security Partnership: Toward a Softer Triangle Alliance with the United States?

Takashi TERADA

Asie.Visions 35, October 2010

This paper examines how and why the Australia-Japan defense and security partnership has evolved, what policy implications this new partnership has for the U.S.-Japan alliance system, and what constraints the further advancement of trilateral...


Le débat sur la gouvernance fédérale au Pakistan

Gilles Boquérat

Asie Visions 33, September 2010

Avec l'adoption du 18e amendement en avril 2010, le Parlement pakistanais entendait, entre autre réformes, tourner la page des habitudes centralisatrices qui avait eu la faveur de la plupart des dirigeants du pays, notamment militaires, et...


China-India Relations: Strategic Engagement and Challenges


Asie Visions 34, September 2010

Sino-Indian relations have become increasingly significant and produced widespread implications. The evolving bilateral relationship is reasonably seen as a result of their shifting strategies and the ever-changing global politico-economic...


Fiscal Deficit, Crowding Out, and the Sustainability of Economic Growth: The Case of the Indian Economy

Sunitha RAJU, Jaydeep MUKHERJEE

Asie Visions 31, July 2010

This study examines the long-run relationship between the fiscal deficit, the crowding out of private capital formation and net exports for the Indian economy during the period from 1980-81 to 2008-09. Applying unit root tests and cointegration...


An Analysis of North Korea's Principal Trade Relations

Hyung-Gon JEONG, Hokyung BANG

Asie Visions 32, July 2010

The Direction of Trade Statistics by IMF is the most representative statistical data for bilateral trade with North Korea. However, IMF statistics underestimate North Korea's international trade since they do not classify inter-Korean trade as...


Understanding the Issue of U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Céline PAJON

Asie.Visions 29, June 2010

The failure of Prime Minister Hatoyama to transfer the dangerous U.S. military base of Futenma out of Okinawa hastened his resignation, announced on June 2nd. The issue of U.S. bases in Okinawa is indeed particularly complex because it combines...


Ampo at 50: The Faltering US-Japan Relationship


Asie.Visions 30, June 2010

For the last 50 years the governance of the US-Japan alliance has often been characterized by secret diplomacy and discretionary choices. In the post-war period Japan's strategic choices have given overall priority to sustaining a strong security...


A Shadow over the Himalayas: India's Tibet Problem

Prem Shankar JHA

Asie.Visions 28, May 2010

This article explains the central role of the Tibetan issue in complicating Sino-Indian relations. It analyses three years of building tensions between China and India over, nominally, the Arunachal Pradesh that could very well have led to conflict....


Energy Security, Transnational Pipelines and China's Role in Asia


Asie.Visions 27, April 2010

In recent decades, China's transformation from a regional energy supplier to one of the world's largest net energy importers, in particular with regards to oil and gas, has led to an increasing sense of energy insecurity in Chinese policy circles....


Coming in from the Cold: An Update on North Korea's External Economic Relations

Françoise NICOLAS

Asie.Visions 26, April 2010

This brief analysis of the current external economic relations of the DPRK leads to a number of conclusions. First, the North Korean economy maintains very limited exposure to the outside world and, as a result, to external influence. In terms of...


From Kunming to Mandalay: The New "Burma Road"


Asie.Visions 25, March 2010

From Kunming to Mandalay: The New "Burma Road". Developments along the Sino-Myanmar border since 1988. The present paper aims to describe the vitality and complexity of bilateral trade along the Sino-Myanmar border. Three aspects have been...


The Development of Road Networks in China: Miscalculations and Inequalities

Kun-Chin LIN

Asie.Visions 24, February 2010

China has some of the densest road networks of any developing country, accounting for the vast majority of paved roads among lower- and middle-income countries. However, statistical data at the national and provincial levels show two puzzling...


Hospital Chains in India: The Coming of Age?


Asie.Visions 23, January 2010

In many countries, the provision of hospital care is turning into an industry with the increasing presence of large corporate hospital chains. Along with public agencies and small private operators, corporations are now investing in the Indian...


Urbanization and Real Estate Investment in China

Guillaume ROUGIER-BRIERRE et Guillaume JEANNET

Asie.Visions 22, December 2009

The move away from a planned economy and the apprenticeship of capitalism, which is sometimes uncontrolled in the real estate sector, have led to a series of imbalances between cities and the countryside. It is possible to think that the worst...


Food Consumption and Food Safety in China


Asie.Visions 21, December 2009

Nowadays it is not so much food security but food safety that is the preoccupation of the Chinese authorities. China seems to have recently discovered that without an adequate regulatory system in place it is impossible to curb food-related crises....


Breaking New Ground: Congress and Welfarism in India


Asie. Visions 20, October 2009

Social welfarism played a decisive role in giving substance to the inclusive policies of the Congress government and the results of 2009 elections show that voters have given a mandate for the continuation of such welfare-oriented policies. This...


India's Foreign Investment Policy: Achievements & Inadequacies

Amitendu PALIT

Asie.Visions 18, August 2009

India’s conscious shift in the early 1990s from an inward-looking development strategy to a globalized market-based approach resulted in significant changes in its foreign investment policy. Till the 1990s, the policy was heavily restrictive...


Japan-North Korea Relations: (Sad) State of Play and (Sad) Prospects


Asie.Visions 17, July 2009

Japan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are as far away as ever from establishing anything resembling ‘normal’ relations, let alone official diplomatic ties. This paper traces the history of the ups-and-downs in...


Development of Rural China in the 21st Century: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead -- From the perspective of economic freedoms and social rights

CHEN Guangjin

Asie.Visions 16, July 2009

This paper proposes a detailed presentation of the obstacles to the development of rural areas in China today, and of the transformations and ongoing reforms since the beginning of the 21st century. Chen Guangjin is a Research Fellow of the...


The Global Economic Crisis: A Golden Opportunity for China

Françoise NICOLAS

Asie.Visions 15, juin 2009

China did not prove to be crisis-proof in contrast to what the supporters of the decoupling hypothesis loved to claim. The paper will analyse the impacts of the crisis and the Chinese responses to the crisis. A key issue is whether the current...


Public Action in China: From Decision-Making to Implementation

Asie.Visions 14, March 2009

Thirty years after the start of the policy of reform and opening up launched by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, the political system and Chinese society are considerably more open. However, there still are many gray areas, one of which is the question of...


The Democratic Transition in Pakistan under Stress

Asie.Visions 13, February 2009

On September 6, 2008, the 53 year-old Asif Ali Zardari won the presidential election by an overwhelming majority. In donning the presidential mantle, he described his victory as "another step towards the transition to democracy".


The Fall of a Hindu Monarchy: Maoists in Power in Nepal


Asie.Visions 12, January 2009

On April 11, 2008, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), or CPN(M), became the first democratically elected Maoist party in world history, and has been recognized as such by the international community. Its election marked the end of a 240-year-old...


The Return of the "Brains" to China: What are the Social, Economic and Political Impacts?

Hélène LE BAIL, Wei SHEN

Asie.Visions 11, October 2008

Since the 1990s, the Chinese government has issued new measures to encourage the return of the most highly qualified individuals, and has promoted a discourse that tends to honour, or even to praise the repatriated "brains" in China and their...


Japanese ODA and Africa : Towards a profitable partnership?

Julien KITA

Asie.Visions 10, September 2008

Japan has recently announced a new increase of its Official Development Assistance towards Africa, thus showing its will to reinforce its presence on the continent. The Japanese ODA, whose structure and main principles have been reformed these last...


India's International Trade Policy

Laurence HENRY

Asie.Visions 9, September 2008

Traditionally, the main objective of the Indian International Trade Policy has been to protect its market from foreign competition. Up until the 1980s, India was not interested in exporting its goods and services abroad and not ready to open its...


From the Sichuan earthquake to the Olympic Games: China confronted with political challenges of 2008

Asie.Visions 8, September 2008

The year 2008 should have been the year of the Olympic Games showing the eternal glory of China through August 8 Opening Ceremony. Nonetheless, for the Chinese Regime, the year 2008 is the year of emergence of serious challenges that will remain...


China's Economic Growth in a Context of Globalization

FAN Gang

Asie.Visions 7, August 2008

This article is illustrative of the way of thinking among young Chinese economists who try to comprehend all the constraints that bear upon China's development today.


The Chaotic History of Foreign Companies in India


Asie.Visions 6, July 2008

In a recent Global Finance article, India has been recognized as an important contributor to global corporate earnings. The British company Vodafone managed to cut losses due to its strong performance in India, and Swiss Holcim, the world's second...


How Far Has Indian Industry Travelled down the Deregulatory Road?


Asie.Visions 5, June 2008

Since 1991 India's economic reform programme has set out to alter the production structure by increasing the role of markets in the economy, directly through privatisation, or by way of reduction in state investments and interventions, and...


China and Foreign Investors. The End of a Beautiful Friendship?

Françoise NICOLAS

Asie.Visions 4, April 2008

The promotion of FDI has been an important component of China's economic reform process and China has become one of the most important destinations of FDI. Although heavy-handed interventionism is nothing new in China, the direction of...


Europe and China ; a cooperation with complex legal dimensions

Asie.Visions 3, March 2008

This article aims to evaluate legal aspects of the content and implementation of the 'strategic partnership' between the EU and the People's Republic of China. In the absence of a category of 'emerging countries' in international economic law, the...


The 17th Congress of CPC: between reform and constraints

Asie Visions 2, December 2007

Le XVIIe congrès du Parti communiste chinois (PCC), chargé de renouveler la direction du Parti et de préciser les grandes orientations à venir s’est réuni à Pékin à la mi-octobre 2007,...


The Space Research in China : Technology Step and Military Capacities

Asie Visions 1, June 2007

L'intérêt de la Chine pour le spatial au milieu des années 1950, moins de dix ans après l'instauration de la République populaire de Chine en 1949. Cet intérêt, jamais interrompu souffrira toutefois du...


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