NIRA

JPN

WHAT WE DO

NIRA seeks to present bold policy proposals and to make information available in a timely fashion in order to stimulate policy discussion and contribute more actively to the policy-making process. As globalization continues to advance and the nation’s population ages, Japanese society is facing profound structural changes, a situation that requires urgent responses from the nation’s research institutes. NIRA therefore continuously strives to reform its research system in order to meet the changing demands of a new era.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Japanese society is facing enormous changes, and Japan as a nation is under pressure to respond to a variety of issues, including the aging of the population, future arrangements for medical treatment and pension payments for the elderly, the status of the economy, increasing economic disparity, the revitalization of regional economies, and the problems associated with globalization. It is essential that we rapidly identify the implications of these issues for public policy on the basis of comprehensive, independent and interdisciplinary analysis and propose appropriate policy responses.

NIRA attempts to stimulate policy discussion and contribute to the policy-making process through timely analysis of issues and the dissemination of results in an easily comprehensible form. Using networks of scholars, researchers and specialists in a diverse range of fields, NIRA endeavors to rapidly grasp the essentials of issues, and to outline concrete policy proposals in response to them.

AREAS OF RESEARCH

NIRA conducts research with a focus on the six areas shown below.

  • Democratic Politics

    Democratic
    Politics

  • Economic Policy

    Economic
    Policy

  • Regional Economies

    Regional
    Economies

  • Digital Technology

    Digital
    Technology

  • Asian Economies

    Asian
    Economies

  • Finance

    Finance

STYLE OF RESEARCH

  • A NETWORK THAT
    TRANSCENDS DISCIPLINARY
    BOUNDARIES

    NIRA functions as the core of a research network, enabling individuals possessing specialized knowledge in diverse fields to come together to conduct research and share information.

  • FORMULATION OF
    MEANINGFUL POLICY
    PROPOSALS

    NIRA identifies the policy issues that are most urgent from the perspective of the Japanese public, and expedites their analysis in order to enable the formulation of policy proposals.

  • TIMELY DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION

    NIRA strives to disseminate information to the public in a timely manner and in a readily comprehensible form in order to stimulate policy discussion.

PAPERS

  • OPINION PAPER

    OPINION PAPER

    NIRA Opinion Papers present timely short essays in which leading researchers approach the most important issues facing Japan with the unfettered thinking demanded by a time of profound change.

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  • GLOBAL MY VISION

    GLOBAL MY VISION

    In this publication, experts and business leaders from throughout the world discuss shared international concerns.

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  • MY VISION

    MY VISION

    This publication presents interviews with five experts concerning a specific topic, enabling us to provide a concise overview of a diverse range of opinions concerning problems directly facing Japan.

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  • RESEARCH REPORTS

    RESEARCH REPORTS

    Selecting the most important themes for study, NIRA convenes research teams made up of members representing a variety of specialized fields to engage in interdisciplinary analyses. Research Reports present the outcomes of this research process.

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  • MONOGRAPH SERIES

    MONOGRAPH SERIES

    The product of advanced research and analysis in relation to the problems facing Japan, NIRA's Monograph Series presents data that will be of value to future discussions.

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  • OTHERS

    OTHERS

    Policy Review(Offers diverse perspectives on specific themes garnered through discussions with leading experts.), Dialogue Series (Elucidates aspects of Japan’s future in dialogue with individuals at the forefront of a range of fields.)

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