Projects / Working Groups

Projects / Working Groups

Research Project on "Japan’s Choices in the Era of Inter-Regime Competition"

The RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies is independently conducting the research project on "Japan’s Choices in the Era of Inter-Regime Competition: Policy Proposals and Information Sharing based on Long-term Scenario Planning in Search for the Proactive Role in the Emergence of the New International Order” which is supported by the research grants for diplomacy and security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan starting from the fiscal year 2020.

Today, our world has entered an era of significant change, notably with the rise of authoritarian states like China and Russia, changes within the existing order centered on the United States and the European states, ideological and geopolitical challenges in the Middle East, as well as developments in new and emerging technologies. The Project purports to serve as a platform to work with experts to provide analysis and policy recommendations to promote Japan’s involvement in forming the new international order.

Working Group 1 on China and the Challenge of Authoritarian Regimes

With the rise of China and growing influence of Russia, authoritarian states are strengthening their presence, raising concerns over the impact on the international order. This working group aims to examine the ideological background and the characteristics of the regimes, as well as their relations with regional states. 

Working Group 2 on Middle Eastern and Islamic Alternatives

The circumstances in the Middle East and the Islamic world has become growingly complex with: the spread of extremism such as the “Islamic State,” tribal, regional, and ethnic conflicts; restructuring of the regional order led by Iran and Turkey; as well as the axis centering on Israel and Saudi Arabia. This working group aims to assess the new order in the Middle East and the Islamic world. 

Working Group 3 on the US and Destabilization of the Established Order

The “Trump phenomena” in the United States, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, as well as the rise of anti-liberal forces within the European Union are pointing to changes in the international order. This working group aims to examine the ideological underpinnings and divisions within the developed states, and their impact on alliances.

Working Group 4 on the Emerging Issues in Security Studies

The security environment is significantly changing due to the rise of new and emerging technologies such as information communication technologies and artificial intelligence. In addition, there is a growing need to examine the new security issues relating to information and knowledge that go beyond the conventional forms of traditional security concerning war and peace, and non-traditional security issues such as climate change and infectious diseases. This working group aims to look at the new trends and their impact on current security.

Working Group 5 on Indo-Pacific Transport Security

The Indo-Pacific security environment is experiencing new uncertainties due to geopolitical conflicts, military modernization, crime and terrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics. Such issues not only threaten the security of states and their citizens, but also domestic and international transportation that is vital to trade, supply-chains, and exchange. This study group aims to analyze the impact of regional security risks in the Indo-Pacific on the transport sector, as well as specific transport security issues in the region. 

Sub-Working Group 1 on Satellite Imagery Analysis Project

This subgroup within the “Working Group 4 on the Emerging Issues in Security Studies” aims to conduct assessments of the international security developments through high-resolution satellite images provided by Maxar Technologies.

Sub-Working Group 2 on Tabletop Exercises

This subgroup within the “Working Group 5 on Indo-Pacific Transport Security” aims to better understand the Indo-Pacific security developments and their implications through tabletop exercises (TTX).

Sub-Working Group 3 on Japan-U.S. Security Treaty History

This subgroup within the "Working Group 3 on the US and Destabilization of the Established Order" aims to deepen the understanding of the history of the Japan-US alliance by collecting and organizing important documents related to the Japan-US Security Treaty and publishing them in the form of an online database.Photo: President Dwight Eisenhower and Japanese Prime Minister Kishi engage in small talk during their farewell meeting at the White House, June 21, 1957. (AP/aflo)

Forum for Researches on the Middle East Region (INPEX Solutions, LTD.)

In 2020, INPEX Solutions, LTD. established the Forum for Researches on the Middle East Region in the framework of the Academic Instructions Scheme of University of Tokyo in which departments and divisions of the University of Tokyo provide information and instruction upon requests from various industries outside the University. 

In April 2020, within the Academic Instructions Scheme,  Professor Satoshi Ikeuchi of the Division of Religion and Global Security of RCAST, together with INPEX Solutions, LTD., established the Forum for Researches on the Middle East Region which aimed at conducting anayses on the recent development in the region.

GSI Caravan Project “Field Studies and Interactive Surveys on the International Political Dynamics among the Major Middle Eastern Powers and Other Foreign Powers”

Conducted under the University of Tokyo Global Studies Initiative Caravan Project, the “Field Studies and Interactive Surveys on the International Political Dynamics among the Major Middle Eastern Powers and Other Foreign Powers” aims to understand the impact of changes in the age of global great power competition on the political circumstances in the Middle East and also the rise of regional powers, as well as the broader implications on regional and international relations. The project involves dialogues and exchanges with experts from prominent research institutions in Egypt, Israel, and Turkey to understand the regional circumstances by focusing on the changes in the Middle Eastern regional order through ideological and religious contexts.

Israel Week @ UTokyo Komaba Research Campus

The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) of the University of Tokyo has been pioneering academic exchanges with universities in Israel, such as Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

On March 1-5, 2021, the “Israel Week @ UTokyo Komaba Research Campus” was held online in cooperation with the Institute for Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo.

RCAST Security Webinar

RCAST Security Webinar is an online seminar series of lectures and discussions inviting leading scholars from all over the world on various security issues. 

Humanitas Futura: Constructing an International Research Network for the Study of Philosophy and Religion

Since June 2020, the Religion and Global Security Division of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo has been conducting a research project  “Humanitas Futura: Constructing an International Research Network for the Study of Philosophy and Religion” led by Project Researcher Koji Yamashiro. This project is based on the comprehensive agreement signed in 2019 between the University of Tokyo and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and aims to create an international network to promote academic exchanges and dialogues between Abrahamic religions and East Asian religious philosophies.