Peacebuilding and Japan: Views from the Next Generation presents policy briefs exploring Japan’s development of the concept of peacebuilding as well as its practical contributions. As Japan looks for ways to be an active force in spreading peace, it is working to expand the types of non-military contribution to peacebuilding, opening doors for broader Japanese participation and impact, as well as potentially creating options for other countries as well. Such efforts are welcome in a world where new and unexpected challenges require equally innovative responses. Japan is well-positioned to craft and test innovations for peacebuilding, both unilaterally and in partnership with the U.N. and the U.S. The briefs in this volume build upon the examination of Japan’s multilateral peacebuilding efforts in the previous volume, Japan as a Peace Enabler, in order to explore the nuances of Japan’s peacebuilding policies and practice from concept to implementation throughout the world.
This project, conceptualized and led by Senior Associate Yuki Tatsumi, examined Japan’s implementation of peacebuilding with four policy briefs written by Kei Koga, Assistant Professor in the Public Policy and Global Affairs Program at Nanyang Technological University; Hiromi Nagata Fujishige, Associate Professor in the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hosei University; Nobuhiro Aizawa, Associate Professor at Kyushu University; and Rie Takezawa, Researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo. Following three public seminars and four private workshops, the project concluded with a publication launch event at the Stimson Center on March 6, 2017. The report was edited by Yuki Tatsumi and Research Associate Pamela Kennedy, assisted by Japan Program intern Peter Wyckoff.