Elucidating the Complex Dynamics
of Arctic Politics and Its Contribution
to Japan’s Arctic Policy
In order to further accelerate initiatives started under the ArCS program, this Research Program aims to introduce a follow-up system for discussions at the Arctic Council, as well as build a transdisciplinary taskforce to lead the implementation of adaptation measures in the Arctic. To this end, we are establishing a sub-research program on political studies.
Firstly, this program will contribute to improved accuracy of scientific knowledge delivery by conducting research to holistically elucidate the diverse interests at play, which are rooted in values such as indigenous and traditional knowledge, as well as the complex political processes in the Arctic, which are formed through confrontation and coordination between diverse actors/stakeholders such as state authorities, local authorities, non-profit organizations, indigenous groups and scientists.
Secondly, we will work to clarify Japan’s interests and position and establish it as a more internationally trusted presence by clarifying the discourse on the motivations behind Japan’s involvement in the Arctic, the underlying values it holds that drive this involvement, the benefits of involving Japan, and the historical interests of the Japanese people, thereby deepening understanding of the formation and evolution of national awareness and identity regarding the Arctic.
Third, we will conduct compelling economics-based policy research in order to contribute to Japan’s leadership on key strategic policy issues such as black carbon, ecosystem services assessment, ocean plastics, and clean energy.
Through this political research and its social implementation, we aim to help a greater number of Japanese stakeholders deliver more effective solutions to challenges faced in the Arctic region.