Research Activities

Research Projects 2023

Relations between Japan and Latin America-Caribbean: Working Together for a New International Order


Since the 19th Century, Japan has maintained diplomatic and economic relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with which Japan has mutually built beneficial ties. Until the 1990s, Japan established itself as a key economic partner of many of LAC countries. Since the 2000s, however, Japan's leadership has been contested when Japan experienced greater competitions against other Asian countries, especially China. We aim to analyze how Japan rebuild its external policy and strategy in order to engage with other powers. This study will examine our hypothesis that Japan's external policy toward LAC countries was transformed into a soft-balancing strategy under this new international circumstances. Japan has sought a stronger alliance with LAC countries through diplomacy, alliances, international institutions and economic mechanism.

This study is aimed to publish a comprehensive analysis on relations between Japan and Latin America- Caribbean countries. The study will be conducted by Kanako Yamaoka of IDE and Prof. Gabriel Garcia of Australia's University of Woolongong. We plan to write a historical overview of the relationships; Japan's diplomatic and strategic policy toward LAC countries; economic partnership, and possible engagement of LAC countries in Indo-Pacific region and its regional cooperation framework..


April 2022 - March 2024

Role Member
[ Organizer ] Yamaoka, Kanako
[ Co-researcher ] Gabriel Enrique GARCIA LOZADA(University of Woolongong Senior Lecturer)

*Affiliations are as of April 2023.

Expected Outcome
  • Book published by External Publisher (English)