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Japan-Russia: Toward a Strategic Partnership?

Céline PAJON

Russie.Nei.VIsions No. 72, September 2013

Do the peace talks between Japan and Russia, reopened in March 2013 by Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin, have any chance of success? A window of opportunity has indeed opened for an historic rapprochement between Russia and Japan. The two countries...


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...


Japan is looking for better recognition on the international stage, not only for its economic power but also for its political role. More than 10 years after the end of the cold war, Japan is seeking new partnerships. The European Union is considered as a new valuable partner. Japan and Europe share the same values and face the same challenges concerning development policies, relations with Russia, the United-States and China, and environmental and energetic issues. A common approach toward Africa is emerging between Europe and Japan. Technological innovation and industrial partnerships are also opportunities to strengthen cooperation.

Within the European Union, France remains a key partner, especially at the political and strategic level. France values the deepening of its dialogue with Japan in order to improve mutual understanding and to create a positive environment for private and public cooperation initiatives.

Ifri is a long-standing actor of the dialogue between France and Japan through enduring partnership with high-level Japanese think tanks (JIIA, NIDS). The Centre Asie Ifri proposes to deepen and to broaden the topics of these dialogues by including business concerns. The contribution and support from private actors will allow us to consider broader issues, especially touching on industrial cooperation.

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