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December 26, 2014 "Season's Greetings"


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Dear friends of the Tokyo Foundation,

All of us at the Tokyo Foundation extend our very best wishes to you during the yearend and New Year season. Thank you for all your support and goodwill during 2014, and I look forward to working closely with you in 2015.

Global Gathering of Educators

In addition to being one of the leading public policy think tanks in Japan, the Tokyo Foundation is actively engaged in "Investing in People." In December 2014, we hosted a meeting for administrators of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff), a "decentralized" leadership development program for which we are charged with ensuring sound program operations at 69 Sylff-endowed institutions in 44 countries and providing continuous support to current and graduated fellows.

The meeting, which attracted approximately 120 participants, proved to be immensely fruitful, enabling us to not only introduce a new financial scheme but also to strengthen the Sylff network and to further enrich the Sylff program. A big "thank you" to all those who took the trouble to attend the meeting.

Dialogue with Partners

We continued to actively promote dialogue in 2014 with our many partners in the United States, China, Europe, and elsewhere, both at the Track 1.5 and 2 levels. We organized the third Trilateral Forum Tokyo with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, attended by some 40 high-level experts from Japan, the United States, and Europe, including Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and former CIA Director David Petraeus. We also hosted the Tokyo session of Global Governance Futures 2025 in conjunction with the Global Public Policy Institute, and convened a conference on historical issues with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

We also conducted seminars with many think tankers and policy experts from China, India, Russia, Taiwan, the United States, and other countries.  

Policy Research in 2014

On the research front, we issued 10 timely policy proposals in 2014 addressing both international and domestic priorities.

Among the many issues we addressed in our policy proposals was the need to more flexibly link Japan's foreign assistance and security policies in meeting emerging international challenges; rebuild the country's energy policy, now that all nuclear power plants are offline; expand the tax base for a sustainable social security system; enhance maritime security and clarify Japan's right of self-defense in peacetime; and conduct a nationwide survey on land ownership and management. As part of our initiatives to "transform society" for the better, we also issued a CSR white paper to survey the roles private-sector companies can play in meeting society's needs.

We hope to further develop our partnerships in 2015, not just in Asia but around the world, in addressing global challenges by "Developing Policy" and "Investing in People," thereby "Transforming Society."

I wish you peace, health, and best wishes for the New Year.

Masahiro Akiyama
President, Tokyo Foundation

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Proposals for the New ODA Charter: The Need for Comprehensive Peace-Building Guidelines to Enable "Proactive Contributions to Peace"
Achieving Energy Integration and Diversification
CSR White Paper 2014: Potential and Challenges
Expanding the Tax Base for a Sustainable Social Security System
Abandoned Land III: Who Owns Japan's Land?
Japanese Agricultural Policy: Last Chance for Change
Establishing an Independent Fiscal Institution in the Diet
Maritime Security and the Right of Self-Defense in Peacetime: Proposals for a National Security Strategy and the New National Defense Program Guidelines

ARTICLES <http://www.tokyofoundation.org/en/articles>

In addition to translations of our public policy research recommendations, the Tokyo Foundation's English website offers overseas readers timely insights into and analyses of Japanese politics, foreign policy, economy, society, and culture. Series of articles focusing on specific issues examined from cross-cutting angles include Views on China <www.tokyofoundation.org/en/t/h1k7o> and Politics in Perspective <www.tokyofoundation.org/en/t/ku5w8>.


- Sylff Administrators Meeting 2014 http://www.tokyofoundation.org/sylff/program_operations/administrators_meetings/2014-tokyo
- Sylff News 2014 http://www.tokyofoundation.org/sylff/14483
- SRA Awardees & Reports http://www.tokyofoundation.org/sylff/support_programs/sra/awardees-reports
- SLI Awardees & Reports <http://www.tokyofoundation.org/sylff/support_programs/sli/awardees-reports>
- Tokyo Foundation-Acumen Global Fellows Program <http://www.tokyofoundation.org/en/t/ivvgz>
- Nippon Foundation Fund for Japanese Language Education Program <www.tokyofoundation.org/en/t/obnvf>
- Weekend School for Municipal Officers <www.tokyofoundation.org/en/t/34cbg>