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CGP Grant Program Intellectual Exchange 2018

Asia Society, New York, NY
Toward a Northeast Asian Carbon Market (Year 2)
Project Director: Jackson Ewing, Director, Asian Sustainability, Asia Society Policy Institute
This project seeks to forge climate change cooperation and carbon market connections between Japan and is two Northeast Asian neighbors. Japan, China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) account for more than one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions; each has pledged to curtail these emissions and is employing carbon markets as a tool for doing so. This project seeks to spearhead cooperation by linking domestic carbon markets to make them more economically efficient, environmentally impactful and strategically valuable.

Boston University, Boston, MA
Leading by Design: Lessons from CMIM-AMRO for the Global Financial Safety Net (Year 1)
Project Director: William Grimes, Associate Dean and Professor
This project proposes a systematic study of AMRO’s (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office) surveillance capacity and the criteria it uses in the surveillance of ASEAN+4 member countries. Based on that empirical analysis, we will work with a task force of policy makers, regional experts and economists to develop a methodology to evaluate the capacities of RFA surveillance units and to identify gaps and contradictions between the approaches of the RFAs, the IMF, and leading regional economies.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC
One-Two Punch: Forging a Stronger Economic Alliance Between the United States and Japan (Year 2)
Project Director: Matthew Goodman, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS
This 18-month project seeks to explore the fundamental drivers of strengthening U.S.-Japan economic relations and, consistent with the mandate provided by Article II of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Defense Treaty, to identify opportunities for more closely coordinating international economic policy between the United States and Japan under the next U.S. administration.

Center for the National Interest (CFTNI), Washington, DC
The United States, Japan and Russia
Project Director: Paul Saunders, Executive Director, CFTNI
The project objective is to exchange U.S. and Japanese perspectives on Japan’s relationship with Russia under the Trump administration. While the Trump administration may not discourage Japan-Russia ties as a matter of U.S. policy, closer engagement between Tokyo and Moscow could have important political consequences in the United States and implications for U.S.-Japan relations.

Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL
U.S.-Japan Service Hub Network (Year 1)
Project Director: Dr. Matthew Marr, Associate Professor, FIU
The project will connect researchers and advocates working in “service hub” neighborhoods in Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Osaka. The individuals who will make up this network work in historically stigmatized neighborhoods where homelessness, aid organizations, and social advocacy have clustered. Amid pressures from expanding gentrification, demographic change, etc. how can these neighborhoods retain their roles as “kakekomi chi’iki (neighborhoods of refuge),” bastions where those displaced by social, economic and cultural forces can begin to rebuild their lives? This project will build a US..-Japan cross national network that aims to address this question theoretically and practically through intellectual exchange, publication and engagement with policy makers and community members.

Project 2049 Institute, Washington, DC
U.S.-Japan-Taiwan Joint Assessment of Regional Challenges and Areas for Cooperation (Year 2)
Project Director: Mark Stokes, Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute
This project aims to promote a trilateral assessment of developments in the Asia-Pacific and exploring areas of mutual interest and potential cooperation in the region at large. Goals of the project include stimulating discussion for joint strategies and areas of cooperation for the United States, Japan, and Taiwan.

University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Managed Retreat as a Tool for Disaster Resilience, US and Japan (Year 1)
Project Director: Nicholas Pinter, Shlemon Professor of Applied Geosciences
This project would bring together a team of U.S., Japanese, and other Asian researchers to visit and study several locations of Managed-Retreat community relocations in the U.S. Midwest and in the Sendai region of Japan. These visits would include visits to impacted communities and discussions with residents and leaders. The goal is to identify specific lessons and guidelines to bring to policymakers so that Managed Retreat may be rationally and effectively implemented, where appropriate, to reduce risk and increase resilience against future disasters and climate change.

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Domestic Politics and Free Trade Agreements (Year 1)
Project Director: Megumi Naoi, Associate Professor (UCSD)
The project team composed of two political scientists and two economists aim to understand the domestic politics of trade agreements in Japan and the United States with a novel, product-level data on trade liberalization and trade agreement outcomes in the past four decades. We aim to inform policymakers about what domestic political pressures enter into trade decision-making in partner countries and how they can overcome these political obstacles to pursue economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
A Comprehensive Framework for Assessing and Responding to Disaster-Related Migration (Year 2)
Project Director: Adam Rose, Research Professor
The project will develop and apply an analytical framework for assessing and implementing post-disaster policies intended to promote the return of disaster-related migrants back to the disaster afflicted area. The framework will be based on an economic gravity model of household location decisions. The Fukushima tsunami/nuclear disaster is a case study, and previous research on Hurricane Katrina in the US will also be incorporated.

University of Washington Foundation, Seattle, WA
New Frontiers in Space Security: Mapping Newspace Strategies for Japan and the United States (Year 2)
Project Director: Saadia Pekkanen, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor
The emerging newspace economy is the key to the future of national – and international – security for our world. This project will provide Japan and the United States a foundational understanding of key developments in newspace so that together we can harness these emerging trends and shape the trajectory of the industry for security purposes.