Japan Center for International Exchange

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Japan Center for International Exchange
FounderTadashi Yamamoto
TypeForeign policy think tank

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) is an "independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening Japan's role in international networks of dialogue and cooperation."[1] Founded in 1970 by Tadashi Yamamoto,[2][3] their stated goals are:

  • promoting Japan's engagement in the international community;
  • encouraging thoughtful and collaborative analysis of critical issues in international affairs;
  • strengthening civil society and enhancing its domestic and global contributions; and
  • establishing, strengthening, and expanding networks of dialogue and cooperation.

The three major program they have created to accomplish these goals include: the Political Exchange Program, the Global ThinkNet policy research and dialogue programs, and the CivilNet program to strengthen civil society and philanthropy.[1] Many of their programs are coordinated with their U.S. affiliate JCIE/USA and other international organizations.[1]

They also host the Shimoda Conferences. While hosting dialogues on policies, the JCIE does not hold policy related positions themselves.[4] Policy Innovations describes the JCIE as "one of the few truly independent think tanks" in Japan's international affairs.[5] At the last Shimoda Conference Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs commented that since their founding the Japan Center for International Exchange "has played an enormous role in enhancing mutual understanding and exchange between Japan and other countries." [6]

The Japan Center for International Exchange alongside the Japan Society have been leading fundraising efforts in Japan in response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[7] The fund operated by the JCIE is called the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund.[8] Their website alongside save-the-children.org and japansociety.org/earthquake was reported to be one of the three most recommended websites to donate to from organizers of the relief efforts.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "About JCIE". Japan Center for International Exchange. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  2. ^ Warnock, Eleanor (2012-04-16). "End of an Era: Yamamoto, Top 'America Hand' Dies at 76". Wall Street Journal - Japan Real Time. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  3. ^ "Yamamoto, booster of Japan-U.S. relations, dies at 76". Kyodo. Japan Times. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
  4. ^ "Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)". National Institute for Research Advancement. 2002. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Japan Center for International Exchange". Policy Innovations. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Retrieved 22 March 2011. JCIE/USA is the North American affiliate of JCIE/Japan, one of the few truly independent think tanks in the field of international affairs in Japan
  6. ^ Seiji Maehara (22 February 2011). "Speech transcript". Dinner on the Occasion of New Shimoda Conference. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  7. ^ a b Tetiana Anderson (17 March 2011). "Concerned Mothers, New Yorkers Collect Aid For Japan In Union Square". NY1.com. NY1. Archived from the original on 27 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. They also collected money for the Japan Society and Japan Center for International Exchange, which are also leading fundraising efforts... ...what organizers say are the three best Web sites for donations -- JCIE.org/earthquake, save-the-children.org and japansociety.org/earthquake.
  8. ^ Tommy Yune (18 March 2011). "Anime fans raise funds for Japan". iReport. CNN. Retrieved 22 March 2011.

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