Message from the President

National economies in the age of globalization are incorporated into the economies on a global scale. Needless to say, this applies to the Japan's economy. On the basis of this situation, we should analyze, and propose strategies on, what roles and responsibilities Japan should undertake for the global economic development. The Canon Institute for Global Studies ("CIGS") intends to conduct its research activities from a global perspective and to promote an exchange of knowledge on a global basis.

The CIGS focuses on the following three key research areas: macroeconomics; natural resources, energy and the environment; and foreign affairs and national security.

In the macroeconomic research, we study from the broader perspective how we can achieve sound economic growth around the world. The Asian countries should increasingly be responsible for the global economy as economic growth potential is shifting from the West to the East. Taking such situation into account, the CIGS explores what methodologies we should develop to analyze the world's economy and what policy-making mechanisms we should establish for the global economic governance. The CIGS also gains insight into desirable systems and policies for public safety net.

Taking a dynamic approach to the issues in the areas of natural resources, energy and the environment, the CIGS investigates possible ways to convert the challenges to the global economy posed by the environmental issues into an opportunity of economic growth.

In the research areas of foreign affairs and national security, we recognize that Japan has not adequately fulfilled its responsibilities for the world's security after the World War II. The CIGS studies how Japan should cope with the challenges in the national and world's security at the present time, including its possible emergency measures and long-term plans.

In addition, the CIGS aims to actively engage in an exchange of knowledge with prominent people and experts in all countries in the world, especially in the United States, Europe and emerging countries, including China. It looks into, among other international relations, the political and economic relations between Japan, the United States and China.

Through the above-mentioned research activities, we aspire to build a global network of knowledge and pass the results of our research on to the next generation. We look forward to your kind understanding and support.

Toshihiko Fukui