The “Indo-Pacific cooperation research group” (chaired by Akihiko Tanaka, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)), comprising specialists in industry, government, and academia, released its policy proposal for promoting cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region on Oct. 29. The centerpiece of the proposal is the establishment of regular summit meetings between Japan, the U.S., Australia, and India to reinforce security and economic collaboration. Tanaka submitted the proposal to State Minister for Foreign Affairs Eiichiro Washio on Oct. 29.
The proposal calls for the Japanese government to formulate a national strategy to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and to give concrete form to Japan’s cooperation with the U.K., France, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), centered around Japan, U.S., Australia, and India. The proposal also calls for Japan to reach out to China and Russia in building an arms reduction and arms management framework to deter the buildup of intermediate range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, in order to prevent China’s rapid military expansion from destabilizing the region.
The research group was established by individuals associated with GRIPS, other research institutions, and the Japan Business Federation [Keidanren]. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry participate as observers.